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Search begins for Australia’s Greatest Fish & Chips

In celebration of International Seafood Day (Tuesday, October 19) the 2021 Great Australian Fish & Chip Awards, organised by Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), have launched, marking the start of the search for the country’s best fish and chip businesses.

“In every town, across every state and territory, people spruik their fish & chips as number one, so let’s put them to the test and crown Australia’s best fish & chippers,” SIA CEO Veronica Papacosta said. 

“The aim of the awards is to showcase the very best fish & chip businesses around the country, while we celebrate our great Australian seafood, and the fishers who produce all of our favourite seafoods. 

“Voting in the MasterFoods™ People’s Choice Award opens today, October 19 and will run through to December 12, with the state and territory winners announced at a virtual event on December 14. 

“Consumers can visit and vote for their favourite fish & chip shop to take out the title. If you can’t pick just one store, don’t worry, you can cast your vote each day. There’s even a live leaderboard on the website so fans can keep an eye on their favourite store’s position. 

“The awards also highlight the importance of buying fresh, local seafood and supporting our Australian fishers and the foodservice industry who’ve had a rough 18 months. 

“The good news is, it’s easy as to support our fishers and foodservice providers and it can be done by just eating some Great Australian Fish & Chips. Buying Australian seafood supports Australian fishing families and regional communities they operate in. 

“The awards are also a good opportunity to highlight the importance of asking for Aussie seafood – even why you’re buying fish & chips. Australian seafood is one of the most sustainable protein sources in the world and our fisheries management is world-class. But, with close to 70 per cent of seafood eaten in Australia imported, it’s important you chat to your server about where your seafood is from. 

“As Australia’s lockdowns begin to lift and we welcome in the summer months, we encourage everyone to take a night or two off from the kitchen, get together with your friends and family and support your local takeaway store and your fishers, as you enjoy some Great Australian Fish & Chips. 

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Thank you to our sponsors – Gold: MasterFoods™. Silver: Cookers and FRDC. Bronze: KB Food Co, Seafood Industry Australia and Great Australian Seafood. 

The 2020-110: Fish and Chips Awards 2021 is supported by funding from the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation on behalf of the Australian Government

Great Australian Fish and Chip Awards 2019 winners

National Judged Winner

  • QLD –  Tobin Fish Tales, Townsville 

State and Territory Judges Choice Award Winners

  • NSW – Pelican Rocks Seafood Restaurant and Café, Greenwell Point
  • NT –     Frying Nemo Fish and Chippery, Darwin 
  • QLD – Tobin Fish Tales, Townsville
  • SA –     Stunned Mullet, Henley Beach and Fish Out of Water, Hyde Park
  • TAS –   Mures Lower Deck, Hobart
  • VIC –   The Golden Flake, St Leonards 
  • WA –   Ocean and Paddock, Albany

State and Territory People’s Choice Award Winners

  • NSW – Pelican Rocks Seafood Restaurant and Café, Greenwell Point
  • NT –     Frying Nemo Fish and Chippery, Darwin
  • QLD – Costa’s Seafood Cafe, Capalaba
  • SA –     Dolphin Fish Shop and Take Away, Netley
  • TAS –   Fraggles Fish and Chips, Launceston 
  • VIC –   Trident Fish Bar, Queenscliff
  • WA –    Pinjarra Fish and Chips, Pinjarra

Have a browse through the top 40 People’s Choice for each state and territory hereClick here to find a Great Australian Fish and Chip shop near you.