VIDEO - Young Fish Frier of the Year Rachel Tweedale of Sleaford talks about her award

A fish and chip shop manager from Sleaford has spoken on camera after being crowned the Young Fish Frier of the Year at the National Fish and Chip Awards.

Rachel Tweedale, 25, from The Elite Fish and Chip Company in Sleaford was one of six young friers who had reached the finals of the competition after a gruelling judging day and an anonymous visit from industry experts.

Rachel Tweedale being presented her winner's trophy by sponsor Briar Wilkinson of Drywite and awards host BBC Radio 2's Nigel Barden. EMN-150121-132233001

Rachel Tweedale being presented her winner's trophy by sponsor Briar Wilkinson of Drywite and awards host BBC Radio 2's Nigel Barden. EMN-150121-132233001

The award celebrates the best young friers across the country and encourages them to nurture their skills and talents to become positive role models for others within the industry.

Rachel will be an ambassador for the Drywite Young Fish Friers competition, which supports and showcases the best young friers in the UK.

Presented with her trophy in London she said: “Thank you to all the customers and staff at The Elite Fish and Chip Company who showed their support throughout the competition.”

“This is the first time I have entered for this award and also my first time attending the awards ceremony. I have to say, the whole experience has been incredible.

Rachel Tweedale. EMN-150120-163323001

Rachel Tweedale. EMN-150120-163323001

“As Elite Fish and Chips is a family business, I have grown up learning the tricks of the trade from my Dad. I’m very excited to follow in his footsteps and be the next generation to take the reins and lead the business forward. Being part of the team at Elite Fish and Chips is not just a job, it’s a career which I love.

“I’d like to inspire rising young fryers to enter the awards next year as it provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and first-hand experience, especially by attending the educational study trips as a finalist. I’m really looking forward to the next year, it’s going to be an honour holding this title.”

Paul Williams, Chief Executive of Seafish, commented: “I can’t express how important it is to celebrate the best young talent we have in our industry – it’s vital to support our next generation of fish and chip enthusiasts, our sector relies on their passion and dedication.

“The high level of skill coming through this award category continues to get stronger every year. This year was no exception and the judges were faced with a particularly tricky job in determining a winner.

“Rachel stood out for her skill, passion and enthusiasm throughout the judging process. I would like to offer my warmest congratulations and wish them all the best in her future career.”

For further information on The National Fish & Chip Awards visit www.fishandchipawards.com. Follow @FishnChipAwards on Twitter for all the awards news and information.

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