A family-run chippie is frying high after being crowned YEP’s Chip Shop of the Year 2015.
Today the YEP can reveal Oceans in Crossgates has scooped top plaice in the hotly-contested city-wide competition after netting the most votes from happy customers.
Proud owner George Michael, 33, who runs the shop with wife Anna, 32, said: “We’re all absolutely ecstatic. We can’t believe little old us has won it. We’re just over the moon. When we found out, all the staff were cheering in the shop, even in front of our customers.
“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for us. It means a lot - we’re very grateful. I’d also like to thank our staff and all the hard work they put in.”
George has proved he’s a chip off the old block in making Oceans a success after he took over the 42-year-old business from his parents Perry and Effie. Together with his brother Stratis, 46 - who runs Frydays in Roundhay - they are the third generation to make fish frying a career after their grandfather originally paved the way in Bradford.
George - who recently added a sit-in restaurant to the shop - said he thinks the quality of Oceans’ produce and the relationship with customers helped them win the coveted title. He said: “We only use the best Icelandic fish, prepared fresh every morning.
“We also do freshly cut chips every morning. We like to interact with customers - to become friends and have a chat with them, to see how things are going.”
He added: “The restaurant has been a big hit in the area - it’s getting stronger week by week.
“This just makes you feel that all that hard work is paying off. It’s fantastic.”
This year’s contest saw a record-breaking number of votes cast from YEP readers across the city after our top ten finalists were revealed last month.
Runner-up was Key Fisheries in Seacroft, which took the title in 2014.