Chippy fries to break record for world's biggest portion of fish and chips
Staff at an Enfield chippy will fry their best to smash a world record on Monday for the largest single serving of fish and chips.
A colossal 200lb halibut is being flown from Norway to Fish and Chips @ Ltd, in London Road, to batter the Guinness World Record, which is currently held by The Wensleydale Heifer pub in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Owner John Phantis, who is hoping to blow his competition out of the water, will have to beat a combined fish and chip weight of 101lbs and 7oz.
He said: “I am not 100 per cent sure how long it will take to cook. It depends how thick the fish is, not how long it is.
“The oil could take a long time to warm up but we have advanced equipment so it should only take about half-an-hour.”
However, staff at The Wensleydale Heifer pub are reeling at the news that their record is no longer safe.
Receptionist Hazel Hughes said: “When I tell the chef about this, they will all be crying! I would imagine if they lose their record they will try again.
“The managers will be really disappointed when they hear – we will definitely be watching out.”
Mr Phantis, who opened the restaurant in November and the takeaway in April, will close the business for the afternoon to focus on the competition.
Guests will be invited to taste the platter after the record attempt in exchange for a donation to children’s charity, the NSPCC.
He said: “We will break it up and put it on a central table for display. I don’t expect it to be a fantastic tasting fish because of the age of it but for the record it has to be edible.”
Two weights and measures officers from Enfield Council will adjudicate the record attempt after the food has been fried.