We have had many wonderful young people who have come to work for us over the years at Krispies. Some stay a few months, some stay for a few years, each have their own talents, skills and ambitions for their future whether that be in Fish & Chips or not. Three years ago now we had a young lady called Megan start, a friend of our daughter Hollie, she began doing a handful of hours working as a counter server and it soon became clear to both Megan and ourselves that Megan loved her job and that she was also very good at it!
Megan has now reached the grand old age of 16 which is the age she becomes eligible to enter The Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year, a prestigious competition that has been running for over 20 years with the aim of encouraging young people to make a very successful career out of fish frying. The competition is open to young people between the ages of 16 and 24, so there is little doubt she will be one of the youngest entrants but Megan keen to enter and we are keen to encourage her.
We thought you would like to understand a little more about the life of a Young Fish Frier so this month we are handing over the blog to Megan and she is going to tell you a little about herself, her job, her ambitions and why she loves working at Krispies.
“I am from Exmouth and ever since I can remember Krispies has been our ‘family’ fish & chip shop, it’s where we always come to buy our fish & chips. I started working at Krispies mainly because I was friends with Hollie [Barnes] but as soon as I started I loved it and I have been working here ever since.
I started as a Counter Server and I still love doing that today. I get a great buzz from giving someone their order, knowing it is exactly right, wishing them a good evening and seeing the smile on their faces because they have had good service and they know they are going to eat great food. I also like it when regulars come in and I know, before they ask, what their order will be – they love this and I think it makes them feel really special and part of our Krispies family and definitely keeps them coming back!
Over the years I have also developed a special skill and it’s very unique to Krispies! I can usually tell just by looking someone if they are going to order tradition, battered or mixed chips. It’s a little game I play and I love it when I get it right!
Recently I have been learning how to fry the fish and that is super challenging but really rewarding. There is so much that has to go into frying a piece of fish right – the batter has to be even around the fish (any holes and the fish goes dry), the oil has to be clean and at the right temperature, the cooking has to be exactly right and even resting the fish for one minute before passing it on to the customer is important to ensure the batter stays crisp and is not too oily. It’s like real science and I think it is fascinating and you have to really concentrate to get it perfect every single time but I love the pressure and cannot wait to do more.
I think some of my friends think I am a bit mad because I love my work here so much but work is honestly the thing I look forward to most in the week, even more than going out with my friends! One day I would love to be the manager at Krispies, I would be proud to run a shop like this. I also hope that Krispies will one day open a restaurant, that would be amazing but it would have to be a cool place to go with the atmosphere and service being just as good as the food to keep people coming back.
I am really excited about entering the Young Fish Fryer competition, I know I am young but it is an ideal opportunity to show people what I can do and to prove that I have knowledge, skill, enthusiasm, dedication and passion."