Tuesday February 14, 2017
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Craig Maw and his partner Nikki Mutton have never eaten at a Michelin star-rated restaurant. But Kingfisher Fish & Chips, the takeaway shop they own together, could soon earn the highest culinary honour in the world.
If successful, the unlikely restaurant on the south coast of England would be the first chip shop to ever receive a Michelin star.
“We don’t charge restaurant prices and we don’t give a restaurant service,” Maw tells As It Happens guest host Helen Mann. “What we do provide is award-winning fish and chips.”
Maw isn’t being hyperbolic. The Michelin buzz comes on the heels of another victory for the local shop — the 2017
National Fish and Chip Awards just crowned them the UK’s best shop. Maw suspects the coveted award might have attracted the interest from Michelin.
“They said Kingfisher is on our radar and we will be visiting next time we are in the area and doing a series of mystery visits,” Maw explains. “Immediately, we thought, ‘Oh my goodness, we better get our act into gear.'”
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Maw already takes great care in sourcing his product. The shop also holds another record for the world’s most sustainable fish menu.
“When you bite into the fish, it will just be delicious and juicy — it’s actually perfect,” Maw says. “It will be nice crispy batter. We use a custom-made batter with back notes of salt and the sea.”