The National Fish & Chip Awards 2018 Timeline

May 2017

June / July 2017

Entries for the National Fish & Chip Awards close.

August 2017

September 2017

Seafish appointed judges visit the top 60 shops to undertake a further mystery shop followed by an in-depth judging audit. All aspects of the business are assessed and the judging process covers shop appearance, raw materials, storage facilities, preparation areas, equipment and utensils, staff training, staff presentation and customer service, practices and techniques, packaging, marketing activity, sustainability policies – and most importantly, the quality of the fish and chips.

October 2017

Ten regional winners announced and invited to the grand final.

Regional winners embark on a study trip to Norway, sponsored by the Norwegian Seafood Council where they will learn about the supply of fish from Norway to the UK.

November / December 2017

Event preparation – 10 regional winners prepare for the grand final.

January 2018

A judging panel of industry representatives assemble.

Judges represent the national Federation of Fish Friers, the National Edible Oils Distributors Association, AHDB Potatoes, the foodservice/catching/distribution sectors and past National Winners. The panel is chaired by Seafish.

Judges assess a variety of background evidence and receive presentations from all 10 regional finalists.

The panel determine first, second and third placed shops by ballot.

January 2018

The awards ceremony for the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards is held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London.


For further information about the awards ceremony please see the Awards ceremony page.

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