Two employees at a Lynn fish and chip shop have gained a nationally recognised award which proves they are high flying friers.
Charlie Cartwright, 21, from Gaywood, and Joseph Short, 20, of South Wootton, who work at the Crossings Fish and Chip Shop in Tennyson Road, have both gained qualifications from the National Federation of Fish Friers.
These are aimed at fish and chip shops and recognise the ability to prepare and cook food to the highest standards.
Crossings owner, John Redman, who also runs the River Lane Fish Bar in Gaywood, was delighted with their achievements. He said: “They passed with flying colours. They were jointly top of the class of nine and were both recommended as having potential for management. When I was speaking to an instructor on the course, he said that Charlie and Joe were helping other students on the course, too.
“It’s a fantastic achievement for them both at such a young age, and especially being put forward as managers. It reflects the enthusiasm that they show in their work at the shop. I am very proud of them and delighted they have done so well.”
Charlie and Joseph had to complete a year’s preparatory work, gaining hygiene certificates along the way and also attended a week-long residential course in Leeds. They had to complete both theory and practical tests.
Said John: “They had to carry out tests frying food using different fats and oils and keep a log of the outcomes. They also studied different types of potatoes, identifying the different levels of sugars they have and how they should be fried.”
Charlie has worked with John ever since the Crossings chip shop first opened two years ago and Joseph joined the team 18 months ago.
The Crossings, which offers a delivery service, has built up a steady trade over the past two years. Said John: “We have a fantastic client base, which includes many college students among our customers at lunchtimes, in addition to our tea time trade.”