It is with great regret that owing to the continued position with Covid 19, we have therefore had to cancel our Drywite Young Fish Fryer of the Year Competition for the second year running.

Check out our website regularly for updates regarding our DYFFY competition. If you have any questions please call Nicky Lewis on 01384 569556.


Charlie Collins

Competition History…

The Drywite Young Fish Frier Competition started in 1995 and every winner has become nationally known through the publicity the competition creates. The National Federation of Fish Friers and The Seafish Industry are also involved in judging the Competition. All finalists are invited to the prestigious Fish & Chip Shop of the Year Competition Awards in London where the National Title is presented to the Winner.

The competition was initiated by the Directors of Drywite Limited, Kelvin Lee and Briar Wilkinson, in memory of their late father Malcolm Lee, who had always encouraged young people to succeed. Malcolm’s belief was that if young people could be encouraged to make fish frying their career, and if all children could be encouraged to eat and enjoy fish and chips, the future would be safe.

Since its conception the Competition has highlighted the vast number of highly trained young professionals working in our Industry and all finalists have benefited from great publicity even if they did not ultimately win. It is not only the young fish friers who benefit from entering the Competition – the Winning Shop can easily receive thousands of pounds worth of free publicity.

All previous winners of the Drywite Young Fish Frier Competition so far have not only thoroughly enjoyed taking part, but have also increased their personal confidence and ability to promote themselves and their business locally and nationally.

All finalists have benefited from both national and local press and television and radio coverage, and of course national recognition within the fish frying industry. Previous winners, Michael Fotheringham, Nigel Hodgson, Calum and Lyndsay (nee Petrie) Richardson, Carlyn Kearney, Stuart and Raymond Fusco all went on to win the Seafish Fish & Chip Shop of the Year Competition.

Stuart Fusco who won in 2004, went on to achieve Les Routiers Café of the Year Award in 2005. All winners have gone on to achieve greater success in business. Previous winner Lyndsay Petrie-Richardson was presented to Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Our Previous Winners

Lauren Kellaway
Kellaway’s Fish & Chips, 2019

Pete Calvert
Mr C’s, 2018

George Papadamou
Papa’s, 2017

Ryan Hughes
Crispy Cod, 2016

Rachel Tweedale
Elite Fish & Chips, 2015

Leigh Foster
Pantrinis, 2014

Carlyn Kearney
Frankies Fish & Chips, 2013

Zohaib Hussain
Zero Plus, 2012

Craig Buckley
Crew Fish Bar, 2011

Daniel Harding
Angel Lane Chippie, 2010

Raymond Fusco
Royal Fisheries, 2009

Ian Allsop
Our Plaice, 2008

Lindsay Petrie
The Bay Fish & Chips, 2007

Paul Eden
Hodgson’s Chippy, 2005

Stuart Fusco
Quayside, 2004

Calum Richardson
Carron Fish & Chip Shop, 2003

Ian Kilby
Petrou Bros, 2001

Nigel Hodgson
Hodgson’s Chippy, 2000

Shirley Patten
Flash in the Pan , 1999

Nigel Tindall
Kedgeree Welton Fish & Chips, 1998

Michael Fotheringham
The Bervie Chipper, 1997

Duncan Nash
Seafare, 1996

Stuart Hutton
Hutton’s Restaurant, 1995