Young frier picks up tips on fishing trip

Rachel Tweedale of the Elite Fish and Chip Company, learning tricks of the trade on her study trip to Scotland. EMN-141219-170310001
Rachel Tweedale of the Elite Fish and Chip Company, learning tricks of the trade on her study trip to Scotland. EMN-141219-170310001

Top young fish frier Rachel Tweedale of Sleaford’s Elite Fish and Chip Company has been on a study trip to see where her fish comes from.

Rachel, a finalist in the Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Awards, took part in the National Fish and Chip Awards educational study trip to North East Scotland.

As guests of Seafood Scotland and The Scottish Seafood Partnership, finalists enjoyed a two -day trip to the port of Peterhead, Europe’s white fish capital where they learned about the supply channels for haddock and cod to the rest of the UK and the region’s key role within the UK fishing industry.

Rachel and the group visited Peterhead Fish Market to experience the lively atmosphere and gained insight into how fish is auctioned. She also visited processing units to see the fish prepared for sale. The day ended with a mouth-watering portion of fish and chips at award-winning Ashvale Fish and Chip Restaurant in Aberdeen.

Rachel said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to see such an important part of our industry.”

Paul Williams, chief executive of Seafish, commented: “We want to open their eyes to the wider range of seafood on offer, while informing them about supply chains, so they have a strong grounding of the wider seafood industry.”