'Chip shop chips' are the nation's favourites
SOUTH DEVON'S fish and chip shops are getting behind national 'Chip Week' which runs from Monday to Sunday, February 18-24.
We've long been a nation of chip lovers and currently turn 1.6 million tonnes of potatoes into chips every year. That's the weight of 4,000 jumbo jets!
And, believe it or not, the record number of chip portions sold in a fish and chip shop in one day is also 4,000.
A recent survey of 1,000 adults showed that 'chip shop chips' are the nation's favourite chips with nearly half (45 per cent) making them top of the list. They were followed by French fries (16 per cent), oven chips (14 per cent), potato wedges (8 per cent), crinkle cut chips and curly fries (both 7 per cent).
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Grandad Nicol's at 94 Belgrave Road, in Torre, Torquay, is especially proud of its chips, using potatoes from Lincolnshire farms where the soil's nutrients ensure great tasting chips every time.
They say: "Our thick English chips and beautiful, white flaky fish - encased in our very own special light and crispy batter - are consistently cooked hot and fresh for you so that they sizzle as you apply lashings of salt and vinegar."
Or, if you are in Paignton, why not try the London Fryer, at 6 Seaway Road in Preston? You can take your freshly cooked fare away with you or take advantage of the seating inside.
There are more that 10,000 fish and chip shops in the UK to cater for demand, with fish and chip suppers outselling Indian takeaways by two to one.
Celebrity chip fans include the likes of Rihanna, Kate Moss, David Walliams and Michelle Obama, who who treated her daughters to a fish and chip supper during a visit to London in 2011.
The origin of the chip still remains unclear but it has certainly been around, in one form or another, for a couple of hundred years.
United States president Thomas Jefferson is reported to have had 'potatoes served in the French manner' at a White House dinner in 1802.
The Belgians claim that potatoes cut in the form of a small fish were being deep-fried there as long ago as 1680, in what was then the Spanish Netherlands.