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2017 Best Chip Shop Competition 

2017 Best Chip Shop Competition Grand National Winner Announced!

The Best Chip Shop Competition returned in 2017 after a 4-year hiatus.

Over 150 delegates attended the Potatoes New Zealand Awards Dinner at which the Best Chip Shop Competition awards were presented.

The 7 regional winners were all in attendance to receive their awards;

  • Northland & North Shore: Northcross Takeaways, Browns Bay
  • Auckland: Oceanz Seafood Botany, Auckland
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty: Welcome Bay Takeaways, Tauranga
  • Central Regions: Okato Takeaways, New Plymouth
  • Greater Wellington: So Fine Seafoods, Lower Hutt
  • Lower South Island: The Naked Chip, Waimate
  • Upper South Island: Gourmet Seafoods Shirley, Christchurch

Potatoes New Zealand Chief Executive Chris Claridge offered his congratulations to the finalists and winners… “Fish & Chips is a Kiwi tradition. New Zealanders love hot potato chips and there’s  all the more reason to love the healthier chips served by our regional winners.”


How was the competition judged?

  1. All stores had to submit a sample of their cooked chips for fat testing. If the result was less than 9% fat content they received a Highly Commended Chips Award and became Regional Finalists.
  2. The 51 Regional Finalists were mystery shopped by Hoed Research with the mystery shoppe’s score deciding the Regional winner. The mystery shoppers assessed Chip Quality, cooking Process, salt options, store presentation and service delivery.
  3. The Regional Winners are now being mystery shopped (for a second time) to assess the overall winner.

Bidfood Peoples™ Choice Best Chips Competition Award?

The Bidfood People’s Choice Best Chips Award (decided by public voting) went to Mr Chips, Masterton.

Mr Chips Masterton owners Steve & Monica Fair were understandably delighted with the news… “We and our staff are feeling very proud and elated to have been voted as having the best chips in New Zealand. We’ve been in business 6 years and have never needed to advertise. The best part is receiving daily praise from our customers who have stood behind us so we can receive this public recognition award.”

“Bidfood are proud to support the re-emergence of the Best Chip competition; celebrating excellence in the art of chippery. We see the peoples™ choice award as an integral part, because we understand first-hand how nice it is to have accolades on the wall. People’s Choice truly is the judgement of your customers, as such it is the defining call of success. – Dan Parsons, Head of Marketing, Bidfood Limited