International visit for Bay owner Calum

Bay owner Calum Richardson
Bay owner Calum Richardson

The owner of an award-winning Stonehaven fish and chip shop is set to return to Japan after serving up 10,000 fish suppers in just two weeks.

Calum Richardson, owner of The Bay Fish and Chips - which was crowned the UK’s No1 Fish and Chip shop earlier this year - was invited to appear at an annual British fair by a high end Japanese department store chain.

Hankyu Hanshin Department Stores Incorporated, which is a subsidiary of the stock holding company, H2O Retailing Corporation, owns two large department store chains in Japan.

Calum spent a week in Fukuoka and a week in Osaka serving an average of 100 fish suppers per hour.

All the MS- certified North Sea haddock used to prepare the classic British dish was landed in Peterhead, then frozen and shipped out to Japan by North-east suppliers, along with pre-chipped UK potatoes, The Bay’s homemade batter mix and Vegware eco-friendly packaging.

Ingredients used to make The Bay’s famous tartare sauce was bought locally during the visit, and 15-20 litres were made every day to cope with customer demand.

Calum said: “I was delighted to be invited to visit the country, not only to prepare fish and chips for the Japanese public, but to also teach locals how to cook chip suppers.

“The visit involved an immense amount of work.

‘‘I cut all the fish myself and prepared all the tartare sauce with the help of my Japanese assistants.

“Visits like this are highly important to The Bay as it showcases both fish and chips and Scotland to a worldwide audience.”

Hankyu Hanshin Department Stores has now invited Mr Richardson back to next year’s British fair in Japan and they are currently in discussion about a few other potential deals in the coming year.