A popular Fish and Chips shop in Scarborough has made it into the final three of a new competition on BBC 2 that was created to celebrate one of the most popular fast food options in the country. Papas Fish and Chips restaurant and takeaway is a family run establishment that is in four locations at the moment i.e. Scarborough, east Hull, Willerby and Cleethorpes Pier. This restaurant will be appearing on “The Best of British Takeaways”, a BBC Two show that is presented by To Kerridge and Cherry Healey. Three people from the firm, owners Dino Papas and Sid Papas and their best fish frier this year, George Papas, have been working with the show in secret since the previous summer.
Dino Papas stated that while they are now able to talk about it, they too will have to wait until the show airs on Tuesday night to know who actually won. He did, however, say that they are hopeful of a win and if that happened, they will be selling fish and chips for 1p in all their shops. He did, however, add that they’d need a week after the results are announced so they could have everything in place.
The new TV programme features one takeaway choice each week with fish and chips being shown on the first episode before being followed by Chinese food and Indian food in later episodes. For the show, the BBC team had to visit hundreds of fish and chip takeaways all over the country before they finally settled on those their considered the best 100. The top ten shops were then chosen after interviews on camera and on the phone. To narrow the list down to the final three, the crew from the BBC spent one day in Hull filming what a typical day was like at the Papa’s fish and chip shop. This included the things happening in the kitchen as well as the service to the customers.
According to Dino, 2017 would be an ideal year for them to come out on top because Hull is also this year’s City of Culture. Winning the completion, he said, would give people one more reason to visit Hull. The win would also give people a reason to visit their new restaurants in Cleethorpes and Scarborough. The company also recently won the title of UK’s No.1 Fish Fryer, the first time in 10 years that the award had come to Yorkshire.