Papas fish and chips in Willerby wins BBC Best of British Takeaways show

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Mar 2017

One of Hull's best loved chippies has emerged victorious in a Bake Off style TV contest.

Papas Fish and Chips, in Willerby, was one of just three fish and chips shops anywhere in the country to be featured on BBC Two's Britain's Best Takeaways yesterday evening.

The hour-long programme saw the diner's chefs take part in a cooking competition against two other chippies from the south of England.

Owners Dino, George and Sid Papas took co-presenter and chef Tom Kerridge behind the counter at the Great Gutter Lane restaurant, giving him and TV viewers an insight into how their award-winning food is fried.

And Kerridge was full of praise for their methods, saying: "I've just spent a couple of hours witnessing one of the most incredible food services I've ever seen. The standard is so incredibly high."

The competing chefs took part in a number of challenges, with the Papas family winning the quick-fire speed round, where they had to sell quality orders from a pop-up stall.

And despite falling short in a fish knowledge quiz, the boys later redeemed themselves in an innovation cooking round, which saw them take first prize.

AT SPEED: Brothers George and Dino cook up a fancy dish on the streets.

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Family patriarch Sid was overcome by emotion as the result was announced, saying: "I'm so proud of them (George and Dino). I'm so proud. I can't put it into words. It's not easy for me to cry, but today I cry.

The Papas family watched the show live at the Willerby premises with special guests including John Prescott. And the result means the people of Hull can look forward to 1p fish and chips on March 28, after Dino promised the offer in the event of the shop emerging victorious.

Before the show, Dino told the Mail: "The whole process started about six or seven months ago. The BBC were sending secret diners out all over the country, and some of them spoke to us.

"We had no idea who they were until the BBC rang us up later and said it was a competition and we were part of it.

"We're very nervous about watching it back. I've seen the advert for it and I'm embarrassed! I think I look much nicer in person than on the telly.

"We're absolutely honoured that our fish and chips have been commended so highly.

"The two places we were competing against were both from the south, so we felt that all of Yorkshire was on our shoulders. But that makes us very proud."

"If we win we'll be doing 1p fish and chips for the day on March 28. We hoped to do it for free, but we've been told we have to put a value on it, so that's what we're going to do."

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