The final takes place on February 16th at Mark Hix’s Tramshed restaurant and the three foodservice finalists were selected by a panel of judges: Gregg Wallace, BBC’s Masterchef presenter; Danny Kingston from Food Urchin; Xanthe Clay, Daily Telegraph; Jennier Bedloe from Delicious; and Peter Lack, Birds Eye head chef.
Steve Chantry, Birds Eye UK marketing director, said: “It’s been great to see the positive response the awards have received since its launch, with both culinary experts and the general public submitting their mouth-watering fish finger sandwich creations for a chance of fame.”
The finalists are:
- Kevin Gratton of Fish Dogs, London – A chunky Pollock fish finger coated in panko breadcrumbs, placed on top of minted mushy peas within a hot dog bun and topped off with ‘proper’ tartare sauce.
- Chris Lanyon of Chapel Café, Port Isaac, Cornwall – Fresh Cornish Hake fillet coated in panko breadcrumbs, sandwiched between two pieces of locally made multi-seed bread and homemade tartare sauce.
- Ewen Hutchison of ShrimpWreck, Glasgow – Cajun Haddock in a light tempura batter, inside a brioche bun with ShrimpWreck pickled samphire, tartare sauce and rocket leaves.
The winner will be determined based on a criteria of innovation, taste and overall presentation, and the King or Queen of the fish finger sandwich will be crowned at a ceremony later in the evening. The winning recipe will also feature on select Birds Eye Fish Finger packs.