• Hannah Phillips

Where are Australia’s Best Fish & Chips?

In 2017, the NT's Frying Nemo was voted the best fish & chips in all of Australia, so who will take out the 2018 title?

That's the question being asked by the Australian Fish & Chips Awards, who are supported by their patron, Senator Anne Ruston - Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.

She is challenging parliamentarians across the country to support their local fish ’n’ chips shops to go for gold.

According to a statement released by the awards: "Traditionalists will say the best way to eat fish and chips is fresh from the fryer, with fingers from paper wrappings as waves crash and gulls hover.

"What we know is that it really doesn’t matter because there is a fish and a spud for all occasions and tastes.

"Fish and chip lovers are passionate people who know what they like. But equally important they know who they like.

"Fish and chip shops in some regional and rural communities remain a community centre where people catch up with friends and family.

"The fish and chips awards are an oppor-tuna-ty for all Australians to have their say and celebrate not only the shops but the fishers and farmers who make it possible."

Voting for the awards is open to the public and starts on August 1, before closing on September 15 - winners will be announced in October.

Fish & chips will be rated against a set of five criteria:

  • Taste 40%: Does the seafood taste good? Cooking method will be key here – using the right approach for the right fish and doing it well to make your seafood sing.

  • Service 30%: Does the service meet customer expectations? Everything from the welcome to the goodbye is important.

  • Choice 10%: Does the menu offer customers options? The diversity of seafood, cooking methods and batter styles will count.

  • Information 10%: Are customers provided with accurate information about the source and qualities of the seafood? The menu must comply with the Australian Fish Names Standard and accurately label the seafood’s provenance to a national level, or better.

  • Presentation 10%: Is the store clean and inviting? Is the food packaged well to maintain quality?

To find out more about the Fish and Chip Awards, visit: fishandchipsawards.com.au or follow the awards on the Australian Fish and Chips Awards Facebook site.