National praise heaped on chip shop owner Fred

HUMBLED: Fred Capel, centre, with Robert Atkinson, left, and Jean Christophe Novelli

HUMBLED: Fred Capel, centre, with Robert Atkinson, left, and Jean Christophe Novelli

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THE owner of renowned Bournemouth chip shop, Chez Fred, has been recognised with a national award.

Fred Capel took the Caterway Award For Outstanding Achievement at the 2014 National Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafish, the authority on seafood.

Among the takeaway’s fans is Hollywood star Jack Black, who walked from Boscombe to find it last December and proclaimed its fish and chips the best in the world.

Mr Capel was given his award during a ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel, hosted by TV chef Jean Christophe Novelli. Mr Capel has worked in the fish frying industry for 29 years. He trained in London and opened his Bournemouth shop in 1989.

He said: “I’m truly humbled to receive this award. It’s an honour to be recognised by my peers as having made a positive contribution to the industry that I love. One of the things that I love the most about the fish frying industry is the willingness of those who work in it to help each other. I’m blessed to still be able to work as a fish frier and hope to continue for many more years.”

Paul Williams, CEO of the competition organisers Seafish, said: “Fred has been raising the bar for fellow fish and chip operators for almost 30 years now and we’re happy to recognise him for the good work that he has done.

“When searching for our outstanding achiever, we ask all members of the industry to put forward their suggestions, so Fred’s nomination is truly one that the whole industry is behind.”

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10:14am Mon 27 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

They drop the fish in some hot fat/oil
leave it a bit
and get it out
same with the sliced potato's
WTF is going on knobdirt.
They drop the fish in some hot fat/oil leave it a bit and get it out same with the sliced potato's WTF is going on knobdirt. nickynoodah
  • Score: -21

10:15am Mon 27 Jan 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Unless he's been to every chip shop on the planet how would Jack Black know they are the best?
Unless he's been to every chip shop on the planet how would Jack Black know they are the best? Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 6

10:18am Mon 27 Jan 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

nickynoodah wrote:
They drop the fish in some hot fat/oil
leave it a bit
and get it out
same with the sliced potato's
WTF is going on knobdirt.
I expect you can get a Degree in it now though.
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: They drop the fish in some hot fat/oil leave it a bit and get it out same with the sliced potato's WTF is going on knobdirt.[/p][/quote]I expect you can get a Degree in it now though. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: -7

10:26am Mon 27 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
nickynoodah wrote:
They drop the fish in some hot fat/oil
leave it a bit
and get it out
same with the sliced potato's
WTF is going on knobdirt.
I expect you can get a Degree in it now though.
Celcius you know
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: They drop the fish in some hot fat/oil leave it a bit and get it out same with the sliced potato's WTF is going on knobdirt.[/p][/quote]I expect you can get a Degree in it now though.[/p][/quote]Celcius you know nickynoodah
  • Score: -2

10:30am Mon 27 Jan 14

nobbythesheep says...

Have you not been there? They prepare the chips by throwing a potato in the air and slicing it into chips with a samurai sword before it falls into the hot fat.
Have you not been there? They prepare the chips by throwing a potato in the air and slicing it into chips with a samurai sword before it falls into the hot fat. nobbythesheep
  • Score: -8

10:59am Mon 27 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

I love their chop suey sandwiches
you know,
try saying that after a few cans.
I love their chop suey sandwiches you know, try saying that after a few cans. nickynoodah
  • Score: -14

11:06am Mon 27 Jan 14

dorsettech says...

Over priced with a typical "this is Westbourne and therefore we can look down on you and treat you like s*it" attitude.

Refused to substitute peas for beans as "it's not the done thing" well sorry but aren't I the one PAYING??!!!
Over priced with a typical "this is Westbourne and therefore we can look down on you and treat you like s*it" attitude. Refused to substitute peas for beans as "it's not the done thing" well sorry but aren't I the one PAYING??!!! dorsettech
  • Score: 1

2:50pm Mon 27 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Jack Black,"chippy"to his mates walked from Boscome to Westbourne for a bag of chips.Yah right.
Jack Black,"chippy"to his mates walked from Boscome to Westbourne for a bag of chips.Yah right. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 1

3:17pm Mon 27 Jan 14

The Seasider says...

Chez Freds is excellent, and well done for the award. Most customers have sense enough to know when they are getting something really good for their money - hence the big queues sometimes.
Chez Freds is excellent, and well done for the award. Most customers have sense enough to know when they are getting something really good for their money - hence the big queues sometimes. The Seasider
  • Score: 1

3:44pm Mon 27 Jan 14

dorsettech says...

The Seasider wrote:
Chez Freds is excellent, and well done for the award. Most customers have sense enough to know when they are getting something really good for their money - hence the big queues sometimes.
Nothing to do with the fact it has a monopoly in that area then?
[quote][p][bold]The Seasider[/bold] wrote: Chez Freds is excellent, and well done for the award. Most customers have sense enough to know when they are getting something really good for their money - hence the big queues sometimes.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with the fact it has a monopoly in that area then? dorsettech
  • Score: 3

4:54pm Mon 27 Jan 14

joeinpoole says...

Must say I've always thought that TJ's in Lilliput was by far the best fish & chips in the area.
Must say I've always thought that TJ's in Lilliput was by far the best fish & chips in the area. joeinpoole
  • Score: -2

5:05pm Mon 27 Jan 14

altoman says...

B H S have the best fish and chip's in the POOLE area.
B H S have the best fish and chip's in the POOLE area. altoman
  • Score: 0

7:32pm Mon 27 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

dorsettech wrote:
The Seasider wrote:
Chez Freds is excellent, and well done for the award. Most customers have sense enough to know when they are getting something really good for their money - hence the big queues sometimes.
Nothing to do with the fact it has a monopoly in that area then?
And the OAP's scrapping to get in for thier speshals.........
Looks like the waiting room at the haematology dept. at Poole.
[quote][p][bold]dorsettech[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Seasider[/bold] wrote: Chez Freds is excellent, and well done for the award. Most customers have sense enough to know when they are getting something really good for their money - hence the big queues sometimes.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with the fact it has a monopoly in that area then?[/p][/quote]And the OAP's scrapping to get in for thier speshals......... Looks like the waiting room at the haematology dept. at Poole. BIGTONE
  • Score: -2

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