Two schools from the north of England have made it to the final of the National Fish & Chip Awards

Two schools from the north of England have made it to the final of the National Fish & Chip Awards

Two schools from the north of England have made it to the final of the National Fish & Chip Awards.

North Tyneside Council in North Shields, Tyne and Wear and Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College in Halifax, West Yorkshire, have been named finalists for Fish & Chip Friday – The School Meal Education Award, one of 15 categories in the 2018 awards, organised by Seafish.

Now in its 30th anniversary, the award recognises independent school catering operators and local council catering departments that serve healthier fish and chips and other seafood dishes to pupils. Over the coming weeks, both finalists will receive a visit from an awards judge who will look at the business practices and procedures and the teams will also win a ‘seafood chef for the day’ where a leading seafood chef will deliver an in-school seafood cookery masterclass. Finalists are also invited to attend a seafood skills training course at the Seafood School at Billingsgate, London.

“School meals have evolved tremendously in recent years, and we’ve seen a massive shift toward the offering of a wider range of healthier options.

Catering operators and council departments recognise their responsibility to serve healthier fish and chips – a staple option on school menus – while still ensuring the beloved ‘Friday treat’ remains just that,” said Marcus Coleman, chief executive at Seafish.

With nutrition at the centre of many health education curriculums, it’s important that children are aware of the key ingredients included in their meals. Rich in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and fibre and made nearly entirely from natural products, fish and chips offer rich nutritional benefits.”

The category is sponsored by Middleton Food Products and the winner will be announced on 25th January.