The awards took place at The Principal in Manchester, it’s a majestic looking venue where The Refuge have recently taken up home too.
We were amongst some of the big hitters in Manchester, real people with big proper shiny businesses. It was an honour enough to be nominated.
We won “Best Street Food” and it was presented by Dave Angel Eco Warrior aka Simon Day from The Fast Show!! Well chuffed, grew up watching his stuff, happy it was him that parted ways with the award. The award itself was a pretty impressive wooden piece designed by local artist Lazerian.Manchester‘s food offering has never been stronger, It must’ve been a really close call as our category was brimming with great quality kerbside grub too. Thanks for continually digesting our food for pleasure.
That amiable chap Adam Richman from Man vs. Food fame bobbed over to see our boombox trailer in MediaCityUK with his Meat Lust entourage. Our “Meat Junkie” dish was named in honour of the world famous DJ crew, Beat Junkies – a chilli batter sausage, wrapped in bacon with chunky skin-on chips & curry sauce that would accompany their Ghost Chilli sauce dip. It’s the ultimate pigs in blanket all year round. I have to say that upon meeting Adam, he really was a pretty inspirational man, he seemed to have a bit of knowledge on just about any subject. It turned out he was a propa hip-hop head, greeting me with “Nice DJ Premier tee” – a good start, he actually recently rapped on stage to 44k people with The Pharcyde too! Thanks to Meat Lust and everyone that came to MediaCityUK to support us too. Brooklyn branch opening soon right, Mr, Richman?
The Northern Soul Awards 2017 were held at the Manchester Hilton on Deansgate, hosted by Lemn Sissay MBE. The nominations were wide ranging celebrating and rewarding cultural and artistic excellence in the North of England.
The nominations covered exhibitions, galleries, museums, theatres, productions, cinemas, music festivals, arts festivals, comedy business, music venues, publishers, restaurants, bars, pubs, businesses, LGBT business and of course street food.
The awards were judged by a panel of industry leaders and experts, we saw our mates at Hope Mill Theatre where we’ve catered a lot of weddings for their guests scoop a handful of awards. Northern Soul Grilled Cheese won our group and we got a special commendation award.
On 5th April , I was invited onto Sean Farrington and David Jones’ live BBC Radio business breakfast show “Wake Up To Money” to discuss a new report suggesting that fish and chips isn’t catching on with younger diners.
I woke up at 5.00am and didn’t make any money. I’m clearly doing something wrong.
It was a great experience going on radio live and we certainly got loads of exposure from it.
Apparently snippets of the live show were aired on BBC Radio 2 as well as a few other BBC stations.
We (Ozzie, Luke & Holly – The Ownerz) headed down to London for a couple of days whilst we could take the time off in the quieter January.
The awards was held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel – it was a proper professional job. It oozed efficiency.
The National Fish & Chip Awards are recognised as one of the most prominent and respected seafood industry events in the UK
To reach this stage we were appraised by industry experts across a variety of judging criteria, including menu development and innovation, sustainable sourcing policies, customer service and staff training processes, marketing and promotional flair, and how we attract new customers to fish and chips.
We were also subjected to further judging in the form of mystery shopping assessments – this is still a mystery to us.
BBC Radio 2 Chef Nigel Barden who was hosting the evening announced us as winners and we were buzzing! We didn’t know which camera to look at though.
We’d all like to thank you for all your support over the years in helping us get to this stage.
Now in their 29th year, the National Fish & Chip Awards recognise and reward businesses producing the best fish and chips across the UK.
We’ve been shortlisted as 1 of 3 finalists in the “Best Mobile Fish and Chip Operator” Award, as part of the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards.
It’s the Oscars of the fish & chip world.
To reach this stage they have been appraised by industry experts across a variety of judging criteria, including menu development and innovation, sustainable sourcing policies, customer service and staff training processes, marketing and promotional flair, and how they attract new customers to fish and chips.
Over the coming weeks, shops will be subjected to further judging as they receive mystery shopping assessments. This next stage of the competition will whittle down the line up, establishing a UK top 20 that will subsequently compete to be crowned with a prestigious ‘regional’ title. Following a further judging stage, the overall national winner will be announced in January after a seven-month long judging process.
Culminating in an awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel on 26 January 2017, The National Fish & Chip Awards are recognised as one of the most prominent and respected seafood industry events in the UK. They celebrate the Great British tradition of fish and chips, showcasing the best talent, quality and choice offered by fish and chip businesses through 13 different award categories.
On Tuesday 7th June 2016 local Manchester promoters More Bounce brought through some living legends to Soundcontrol in Manchester, rap royalty, EPMD.
The last time I went to see EPMD was at The Forum, Kentish Town in London on 19th Feb 2011 to celebrate my 25th birthday, so it was grand to have them perform closer to home.
After the gig we introduced ourselves, took a few snaps and got some merchandise signed.
I spent the majority of the time being a bit starstruck, so Holly asked the entourage if they wanted to pop over to our shop at The Kitchens in Spinningfields, Manchester for some lunch the next day.
The next day, Holly was looking after the MediaCityUK site and Luke was manning the fort in Spinningfields.
Our trading hours were 12-3pm, as it reached 3.30pm it wasn’t looking likely they were going to turn up, so Luke closed and began the clean down in the kitchen.
I was in Bury getting some kitchen parts repaired when at 4.30pm, Luke called “Ozzie, they’re here. Come quickly.”
I drove back in the van to Manchester in record time, obviously obeying all the speed limits driving in the safest possible manner.
When I arrived, Luke was getting the fryers back up to temperature and taking the orders from all the crew.
It was a pretty unbelievable experience, huge thanks to More Bounce for bringing them down.
Erick Sermon, DJ Diamond The Artist and the rest of the group were really humble and full of common courtesy and appreciation of the food and supportive over our vision for the business. Maybe a US venture on the cards?
They were regaling tales about their travels and the capers they’ve got into with their rap superstar mates. Dropping famous names left right and centre.
We happened to have one of our #hiphopcatchphrase games up on the blackboard so I played “Guess The Hip Hop Album”. Can you guess what the album was? Erick didn’t, although I’m pretty sure he didn’t understand my ramblings about what the rules of the game were though.
To top it all off, they even took time to feedback on Instagram too. Buzzin!