The red carpet is being rolled out once again as culinary expert, Nigel Barden, returns as host of the 2017 National Fish & Chip awards for a third consecutive year, the first time this has been done in the show’s 29 year history.
The popular and influential voice of food and drink on BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo Drivetime Show said he couldn’t wait to celebrate the nation’s favourite takeaway, as he takes centre stage at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London for its very first year hosting the awards, on 26 January 2017.
Nigel commented “It’s genuinely an honour to be involved with handing out such prestigious accolades and to share a room with the finest fish and chip purveyors in the United Kingdom is pretty special.
“These gifted fryers are the perfect ambassadors for an industry that is a significant and important part of our culinary heritage. Some represent families that have been wrapping fish and chips for generations; others are talented newcomers, bringing extra vim and vigour to the sector.
“This year I’m fulfilling an ambition to join the judging panel and this has completed the circle for me. I’m one lucky fella, so you’ll notice an extra spring in my step, as I actually leap onto the stage to divulge the winners of the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards.”
The National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish, are recognised as one of the most prominent and respected events in the UK seafood calendar. They are a showcase of the Great British tradition of fish and chips, as well as a platform to display the best talent, quality and choice offered by fish and chip businesses over 13 different award categories.
Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, added: “There was no doubt that we wanted to have Nigel back for 2017 – he has become a core part of the team and is loved by all who attend the awards.
“As a real foodie, Nigel has been celebrating British food on the BBC since 1990, and has judged and hosted many awards programmes, along with being the current chairman of the Great Taste Awards panel. With excellent food credentials and a showman’s charisma, Nigel’s passion and commitment for the UK’s food and drink industry make him an excellent host for the awards.
“With Nigel back on board and a brand new venue, I think 2017 is going to be a bumper year setting us on course for our 30th anniversary in 2018.”
The 2017 awards ceremony marks the end of a seven-month judging process, during which applicants faced rigorous appraisal from leading industry experts.