The Victorian Competition
2017 Victoria's People's Choice Award winner
The Kingfisher Blue
Name: Chris Tsaousidis, partner in the business with Gerry Lionatos
Business and location: The Kingfisher Blue, Wheelers Hill, Victoria
Can you share a happy fish and chip memory?
I have a very vivid memory from early on in our career where a regular patron brought his new girlfriend in for some fish and chips. She had a few bites and was overwhelmed by how good the food tasted. She was quite loud and the place was buzzing because of her enjoyment. It was an electrifying atmosphere.
Where have you eaten the best fish and chips?
After nearly 25 years in the business, I’d have to say – our place!
In your business, what do you consider to be the best fish to use for fish & chips?
Flake. And the customers love it too. Maybe it’s a Victorian thing, but more than 90 per cent of our customers order it. It tastes good and it is a good price point for both our business and our customers.
And how do customers enjoy it?
Most of the flake we sell is battered and served with chips, potato cakes or some calamari.
Do you have a personal favourite?
I like flake too but also often chose sea perch. It’s moist, firm and has a distinct flavour.
What Australian wine (or other beverage) would you match with your fish & chips?
We don’t have a liquor licence but I suggest a glass of Riesling.
How long have you been making/serving fish & chips?
We’ve been in business for nearly 25 years.
What value does winning the award have for you?
The award recognises all the hard work and passion we have put into our business over the years and also all the pleasure we’ve delivered to our customers.
Do you think it can help to promote the consumption of seafood in Australia?
Yes, I think our award win will bring new people to our business and that in turn will increase the turn over in the Australian seafood industry too.
Winner of the Judged Best Fish and Chips is
Trident Fish Bar
Awards Winners were announced at the state awards on 21 July 2017.
Top 5 best fish and chips:
- The Kingfisher Blue
- Trident Fish Bar
- Gully Fish & Grill
- Captain Gummy's Fish and Chips
- Makos Fish & Chips