The appliance of science helps Dungannon chippie be crowned the best in NI
A Dungannon fish and chip shop has battered the opposition to be named the province's best.
The Dolphin on George Street was named the best chippie in Northern Ireland in the National Fish and Chip Shop Awards 2016 yesterday.
Owner Malachy Mallon said the secret to their success was fresh, simple food and attention to detail during the cooking process.
Their fish is cooked to order, which Malachy believes allows them to give a "lighter, healthier product".
He said: "We use a good product, cook it at the correct temperature and we use a very light batter. We sent our fish, chips and peas off to a laboratory in England to have them tested for their fat content and they came back as 90% fat-free."
He has also been using science to ensure their chips are cooked to perfection.
"The chip size that we use is a 14 to 17mm cut chip, which laboratory tests have shown gives you the healthiest of all chips. If you go thicker, it absorbs too much fat, if you go thinner it absorbs too much as well," he said.
The competition is also judged on responsible sourcing policies, shop appearance and facilities, staff training and development policies, marketing and promotional activity and local community involvement.
Malachy has been running the business for 26 years, but he believes that innovation is still key in all areas of the business.
He has established a programme with local colleges to help catering students in the local community.
He has been teaching the students, helping with exams and The Dolphin even ran a competition for students to create a new fish cake for their menu. Malachy said: "It's all about giving back."
The Dolphin will now progress to the national finals in January, where they will compete against nine other regional winners from across the UK.