A COUPLE who ditched their careers in teaching and the retail trade to take over a Pudsey chippy have ambitions to be the best fryers in the country.
Former Pudsey Grangefield High school maths teacher Alex Papaioannou and ex-Asda buyer Hannah Hall bought Graveleys fish and chip shop on Robin Lane last May.
They have spent thousands of pounds revamping the shop and takeaway and have recently re-opened under new name The Bearded Sailor after a two-week closure.
The couple took a three-day course at the National Federation of Fish Friers centre in Meanwood before shadowing the former owners at Graveleys.
They were still novice fryers when Graveleys came in the top ten in the YEP Chippy The Year 2016 competition.
Mr Papaioannou, 33, said: “Our goal is to be the best in the country, we are just starting out.”
He added: “I miss helping kids get better at maths, but I love what I’m doing now. I much prefer the fish and chip industry. We have always both been big foodies and wanted to do something in the food industry. “
Miss Hall, 26, said: “We have both always loved fish and chips and we thought it would be a really fun industry to get involved in.”