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Regional chip shop finalists named

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Eighteen chip shops from around the country have been named as being amongst the country's best chippies in the 2011 Best Chip Shop Competition.

As regional finalists, the shops are now in the running to take out the top spot in the national Competition which hunts for New Zealand's tastiest and best quality chips.

The Chip Group Chairperson, Glenda Gourley, said a combination of public text voting, mystery judging and laboratory analysis determined the top 18 shops.

"After the public text voting, the top shops were visited by a mystery judge who assessed them against a range of criteria including: the quality of chips on offer, adherence to key Industry Standards, customer service, and fat and sodium (salt) content of the chips."

In order to participate in the Competition, chip shops had to have completed The Chip Group's online training which teaches operators how to cook chips according to the Industry Standards.

"These guidelines cover chip size, oil temperature, cooking/deep-frying, basket drainage, oil maintenance, filtering and cleaning, salt, frying oils and chip portion size. By completing the training, shops are able to serve up healthier chips that consumers also really enjoy.

"A chip sample from each shop was collected by a judge and sent away for analysis at an independent laboratory."

Glenda said fat analysis is a core component of judging and reflects one of the aims of The Chip Group which is to reduce the level of fat in chips.

With the Competition almost complete, judges are now deliberating on who the six regional winners and overall Grand National winner will be. Details are expected to be announced in October.

The 2011 Best Chip Shop Competition is the country's only national chip shop competition and this year is supported by: Potatoes New Zealand, The Heart Foundation, McCain Foods, Mr Chips, Bakel's Edible Oils, Groenz, Food & Beverage Today, Catering Plus and That's Life.

The 2011 Best Chip Shop Competition Regional Finalists are:

Northland To North Shore Region

Oceanz Seafood Albany - 5/50 Greville Road, Albany

Oceanz Seafood Silverdale - 51 Arkles Strand, Arkles Bay, Whangaparaoa

Ivan's Takeaway - 575 Glenfield Road, Glenfield, Albany

Highly Commended

Adriatic Fisheries - 91 Kamo Road, Whangarei

Kipper's Takeaways - 292 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa

Rest Of Auckland Region

Big J's Takeaways - 4/1 Melton Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland

Oceanz Botany Downs - 451 Ti Rakau Drive, Auckland

Fish Stop - 4 Glendale Road, Glen Eden, Auckland

Highly Commended

The Chip Shop - 711 Manukau Road, Royal Oak, Auckland

Westgate Takeaways 579 Don Buck Road, Massey, Auckland

Waikato To Hawkes Bay Region

Oppies Takeaway - 259 Fenton Street, Rotorua

Hot Stuff Takeaways - 92 Great South Road, Ngaruawahia

The Frying Dutchman - Nelson Quay, Ahuriri, Napier

Highly Commended

Pirimai Chippy - Cnr Allen Berry Ave & Bill Hercock Street, Pirimai, Napier

Halfway House Takeaways - 130 Main Road, Clive, Hawkes Bay

Manawatu To Wellington Region

So Fine Seafood - 2 Tennyson Aveune, Avalon, Lower Hutt

Fish Spot The Plaza - Shop 45B, The Plaza, Church Street, Palmerston North

Mac's Fresh Fish And Chips - 41 Queen Street, Masterton

Highly Commended

Fish - 308 Queen Street, Masterton

The Groper - 168 Broadway North, Stratford

Nelson To Christchurch Region

Victory Square Fish & Chips - 176 Saint Vincent Street, Nelson

The Sands Fish & Chips - Shop 1/623 Rocks Road, Tahunanui

Seabreeze City Takeaways - 51 Vanguard Street, Nelson

Highly Commended

Codfathers Takeaways 151 High Street, Blenheim

Coopers Catch 9 Westend, Kaikoura

Timaru To Southland Region

Hassall Street Takeaways - 18 Hassall Street, Timaru

Ric's Galley / Portobello - 1 Harington Point Road, Dunedin

Golden Cobwebb Restaurant - 55 Tarbert Street, Alexandra

Highly Commended

Mornington Takeaways - 3 Mailer Street, Mornington, Dunedin

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