A BRADFORD chippy has picked up two awards at the National Fish and Chip Awards.

Towngate Fisheries, in Idle, picked up the National Federation of Fish Friers Quality ‘Champion’ Award, and its owner Mark Drummond was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award.

These awards, presented to Mr Drummond at today’s ceremony in London, are the latest in a long line of awards picked up by the prize-winning chippy.

The Quality Award recognises the overall quality of premises, working practices, key ingredients, cooked products, hygiene standards, staff training, and how Towngate Fishers promotes the importance and benefits of this quality mark to its customers.

Mark Drummond's award recognises his long commitment to improving quality in the industry, and also his work in mentoring and nurturing the next generation of fish friers.

Mr Drummond said on receiving the award: “Having been shortlisted in previous years, we are thrilled to have gone one better and won this award in the 30th anniversary year.

“The standards of finalists are always exceptionally high, making it a remarkable achievement to win any category.

"I couldn’t be happier that we are being recognised for consistently striving for excellence in all areas of our business.

“I’d like to thank my excellent team as this wouldn’t be possible without their support and hard work.”

Marcus Coleman, chief executive at Seafish, said: “With Britain’s love affair with fish and chips spanning back to the mid-19th century, we’re fortunate that so many people are passionate about raising the standards of our industry.

“Mark is certainly a shining example and has made a significant contribution to our industry over the years, he has been instrumental in advancing innovation.

"Having tirelessly campaigned to champion fish and chips as the nation’s healthiest takeaway, while investing significant time in the next generation of friers, Mark is a deserving recipient of this award.

“As well as his own achievement, Mark’s successful fish and chip business, Towngate Fisheries, has also proved to be a ‘quality’ champion, demonstrating a level of excellence across every aspect of the business to ensure that they consistently fry at the top of their game.”

Craig Maw, vice-president of the NFFF, added: “The standard of fish and chips and the quality of shops are increasing year on year, and judging for this award is no exception.

"All of the entries were of a very high standard, showing dedication and enthusiasm both to our industry and this award category.

"These ambassadors for our industry challenge us every year and finding the winner is becoming increasingly difficult.

"Congratulations to Towngate Fisheries who have not only reached this high standard, but used the award to propel their business.”