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meet our nfff trainers

With hundreds of years of combined knowledge as well as many multi-award winners, our team of dedicated Tutors really are the very best in the industry to learn from. They are happy to pass on their valuable knowledge in a bid to keep their beloved industry at the very top of it's game offering consumers with the very best in British culture and cuisine. Meet the tutors below:

Fish Friers
Craig Buckley

Craig Buckley

NFFF Trainer

Shop Name: The Fish Bar, Crewe

Time in the Trade: 11 years

Industry Awards: Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year 2011, National Fish and Chip Awards - Field To Frier Winner 2016, National Fish and Chip Awards - Best Mobile Fish & Chips Finalist 2019, Fry Top 50 2013-2018, NFFF Quality Award 2011-2015. 

Qualifications: Level 3 - Food Hygiene, Level 2 - Health & Safety, Level 2 – Emergency First Aid

Why did you become a trainer?

The ability to be able to give back to the industry that has so far served me well, in spire younger people to choose fish and chips as a career and to pass on my knowledge to help improve the standards within fish and chips as a whole.

Why is training important?

Training is important as without it the industry and businesses would simple not succeed. It empowers workforce, educates younger people, improves businesses and raises the standards. Training is the key tool to making businesses more profitable and efficient.

Colin Comar

Colin Comar

NFFF Trainer

Shop Name: The Fish Hoose, Fife

Time in the Trade: 35 years

Industry Awards: National Fish and Chip Awards – Best Takeaway Award Finalist 2000, 2001, 2002, 2016, National Fish and Chip Awards – Best Restaurant Finalist 2015. NFFF Quality Award Holder, MSC Certified Holding Shop.

Qualifications: Level 3 - Food Hygiene, Level 3 - HACCP, Emergency First Aid at Work.

Why did you become a trainer?

I want to give back to an industry which has been very good to me over the past 35 years. I have a lot of knowledge to pass on to fellow friers to help make sure standards are of the highest quality.

Why is training important?

Training is important for Quality of the product and the level of service we provide. As new people come into the industry it is vital that training is given to keep this fantastic industry moving forward in a Profitable and efficient manner.

David Miller

David Miller

NFFF Trainer

Shop Name: Millers Fish and Chips, Haxby, York.

Time in the Trade: 30+ years

Industry Awards: National Fish and Chip Awards - Independent Takeaway Winner 2018, National Fish and Chip Awards - North East of England Region Winner 2017 & 2018, National Fish and Chip Awards - Independent Takeaway Award 3rd Place, Visit England - Awards of Excellence 2018, Taste of England Award - Sliver Award, Family Business United - Family Business of the Year, Small Family Business - Winner 2018, The Press Business Awards - Family Business Of The Year Winner 2018, White Rose Awards - Taste Of Yorkshire 2017 Finalist, NFFF Quality Award holder, MSC Certified Holding Shop

Qualifications: Level 2 - Food Safety and Hygiene, Level 2 - Health and Safety in a Food Environment, Level 2 -Food Allergy Awareness, Level 2 - Emergency First Aid.

Why did you become a trainer?

Having been in the Fish & Chip Industry for many years. I have an extensive knowledge and understanding of the Industry and I felt that becoming a Trainer would enable me to pass on many of the skills that I have acquired through my time in the industry.  I have a real passion for helping other people achieve their goals within the industry and being a trainer allows  me to pass on these attributes and help people who are wanting to work in the Fish & Chip sector. 

Why is training important?

Training is the benchmark required to start a career in the Fish & Chip Industry and it is vital to have the training so that  you have the correct standards set to go forward in the Industry and run a successful business.

Cem Oktem

Cem Oktem

NFFF Trainer

Shop Name: Packet Bridge Fish & Chips.

Time in the Trade: 11 years

Industry Awards: Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year Finalist 2013 & 2014, NFFF Quality Award Holder

Qualifications: Level 2 -Food Hygiene, Level 2 - Emergency First Aid

Why did you become a trainer?

To take my career in the industry to the next level. I always wanted to be a teacher so to do it in something I am passionate about and pass on knowledge to help others raise standards within the industry is very rewarding.

Why is training important?

The industry we are in is constantly evolving and improving so it's important no matter how much experience or knowledge you think you have, there is always something to learn to improve. All shops should have owners/managers/staff that have had some form of professional training.

Des Anastasiou

Des Anastasiou

NFFF Trainer

Shop Name: Burton Road Chippy, Lincoln

Time in the Trade: 37 years

Industry Awards: National Fish and Chip Awards - Independent Takeaway 2nd Place 2017 & 2018, National Fish and Chip Awards - Easter England Regional Winner – 2015, 2017 & 2018, National Fish and Chip Award - Staff Training and Development Winner 2015, National Fish and Chip Award - Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Winner 2015, National Fish and Chip Award -Marketing and Innovation Award Winner 2016, National Fish and Chip Award – NFFF Quality Award ‘Champion’ Award Winner 2016, NFFF Quality Award Holder, MSC Certified Holding Shop

Qualifications: NVQ Level 3 - Hospitality supervision and leadership skills, Level 2 - Food Hygiene, Fire safety, First Aid, Food allergy training, Level 2 - Principles of HACCP

Why did you become a trainer?

It’s something I enjoy doing and is a great way of putting something back into our industry

Why is training important?

After being in this industry for so many years I have witnessed and incredible amount of change, training allows you to keep up with these changes. For people coming into the industry there is a lot to learn across all aspects of the business and training provides this knowledge.

Hugh Mantle

Hugh Mantle

NFFF Trainer

Shop Name: N/A

Time in the Trade: 38 years

Industry Awards: National Fish and Chip Award Judge and British Takeaway Campaign T Level Board.

Qualifications: Level 4 - Food Safety, Level 3 Health & Safety, Level 3 - HACCP, First Aid, Health & Safety Top Ups - Electricity, Asbestos etc.

Why did you become a trainer?

The industry has been good to me, so fell it is right to give back.

Why is training important?

As someone regularly involved with CPD as part of my work, I understand the value of training and updates, both legislatively, physiologically and motivationally, and believe those that have been doing it ‘for 35 years’ as a badge, could have been doing it wrongly for all this time!!

John Penaluna

John Penaluna

NFFF Trainer

Shop Name: Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips

Time in the Trade: 12 years

Industry Awards: National Fish and Chip Awards – Wales Regional Winners 2015 & 2018, National Fish and Chip Awards - Staff Training & Development Winner 2015, National Fish and Chip Awards - Healthy Eating Finalist 2019, National Fish and Chip Awards - Good Catch Award Finalist 2019, National Fish and Chip Awards - Healthy Eating Award Finalist 2018, National Fish and Chip Awards - Good Catch Award 2018, National Fish and Chip Awards – NFFF Quality Award ‘Champion’ Award 2018, National Fish and Chip Awards - Healthy Eating Award 2017, National Fish and Chip Awards - Good Catch 2018. Lux Life Sustainable Restaurant Wales 2018, Good Food Awards - Wales Gold Seal 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019, NFFF Quality Award Holding Shop , MSC Certified Holding Shop

Qualifications: Seafish Approved Assessor for Fish Frying Skills, Level 2 - Food Hygiene & Safety, Level 3 - Food Hygiene & Safety, First Aid at Work

Why did you become a trainer?

I have always recognised the importance of providing people in any trade the opportunity of developing and improving their skills. Good training leads to a better quality of work and product, enhances job satisfaction which reflects in customer satisfaction.

As an industry we employ people of all ages, whether its to learn a new trade or improve, it’s important everyone is given the best opportunities. I believe it’s important to share the best practices and ideas with those who really show an interest in being the best

Why is training important?

Training encourages people to take more of an interest in what they are doing, It also provides a confidence in what they do.

It is important that best practices are shared with those who want to do the best in whatever business they choose.

You’re not set free to drive a car until you’ve passed a test, good tuition and instruction teaches you to do things in the right order and to get the best results.

It helps set principles of good discipline and understanding and of course the customer ends up with a better product. Well trained teams provide better results, are more efficient and helps to add profits.

Lee Penaluna

Lee Penaluna

NFFF Trainer

Shop Name: Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips

Time in the Trade: 12 years

Industry Awards: National Fish and Chip Awards – Wales Regional Winners 2015 & 2018, National Fish and Chip Awards - Staff Training & Development Winner 2015, National Fish and Chip Awards - Healthy Eating Finalist 2019, National Fish and Chip Awards - Good Catch Award Finalist 2019, National Fish and Chip Awards - Healthy Eating Award Finalist 2018, National Fish and Chip Awards - Good Catch Award 2018, National Fish and Chip Awards – NFFF Quality Award ‘Champion’ Award 2018, National Fish and Chip Awards - Healthy Eating Award 2017, National Fish and Chip Awards - Good Catch 2018. Lux Life Sustainable Restaurant Wales 2018, Good Food Awards - Wales Gold Seal 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019, NFFF Quality Award Holding Shop , MSC Certified Holding Shop

Qualifications: Level 2 - Food Hygiene & Safety, First Aid at Work, Allergen Awareness, Health & Safety at Work

Why did you become a trainer?

I love what I do and I love sharing my passion with others.

I want to give back to the industry what it gives me- Job Satisfaction.

Before I opened the shop, I attended Leeds NFFF 3 day course and had my eyes opened when learning about cooking Fish & Chips. I had trained with a great tutor and then by and with a Michelin starred chef, to understand cooking Quality Fish & Chips was something I felt hadn’t been fully understood during this time.

I get excited when people show a passion to produce and provide Quality Fish & Chips

No one is too old to learn the best skills and best practices

Why is training important?

You shouldn’t do anything until you understand at least the basics and then get help in refining those skills.

On the Job training ensures people get to use the tools they need to perform at their best.

Well trained staff are more efficient and help me run my business successfully, they allow me to have a little time for myself as well.

In Fish and Chip Shops trained staff are our future.

Lesley Graves

Lesley Graves

NFFF Trainer

Shop Name: Burton Road Chippy, Lincoln

Time in the Trade: 27 years

Industry Awards: National Fish and Chip Awards - Independent Takeaway 2nd Place 2017 & 2018, National Fish and Chip Awards - Easter England Regional Winner – 2015, 2017 & 2018, National Fish and Chip Award - Staff Training and Development Winner 2015, National Fish and Chip Award - Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Winner 2015, National Fish and Chip Award -Marketing and Innovation Award Winner 2016, National Fish and Chip Award – NFFF Quality Award ‘Champion’ Award Winner 2016, NFFF Quality Award Holder, MSC Certified Holding Shop

Qualifications: NVQ Level 3 - In hospitality supervision and leadership skills, Level 2 - Food Hygiene, Fire safety, First aid, Food allergy training, Level 2 - Principles of HACCP

Why did you become a trainer?

It’s a very rewarding way of ensuring the standards of our industry remain high.

Why is training important?

I believe training is important in any industry but vital in the food industry. Training to me, is the difference between being able to do something and being able to do something well with confidence.

Pete Calvert

Pete Calvert

NFFF Trainer

Shop Name: Mister C’s, Selby

Time in the Trade: 6 years

Industry Awards: National Fish and Chip Awards - Independent Takeaway 2nd Place 2017 & 2018, National Fish and Chip Awards - Easter England Regional Winner – 2015, 2017 & 2018, National Fish and Chip Award - Staff Training and Development Winner 2015, National Fish and Chip Award - Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Winner 2015, National Fish and Chip Award -Marketing and Innovation Award Winner 2016, National Fish and Chip Award – NFFF Quality Award ‘Champion’ Award Winner 2016, NFFF Quality Award Holder, MSC Certified Holding Shop

Qualifications: Level 2 - Food Safety, Level 2 - Health & Safety, Intermediate Apprenticeship in Fish and Shellfish, NFFF Customer Service Skills

Why did you become a trainer?

I want to be able to pass on what I have learnt in the industry to those who are joining and help them to succeed as well as encouraging more young people to join and see the fish & chip industry as a promising career path

Why is training important?

Training is important to keep up with ever changing methods and techniques as well it gives people an insight in to how big and important the industry is. It also gives an exciting opportunity to network and socialise with different people all over the industry.

Tim Barnes

Tim Barnes

NFFF Trainer

Shop Name: Krispies

Time in the Trade: 21 years

Industry Awards: National Fish and Chip Award – Independent Takeaway Finalist 2019, National Fish and Chip Awards – From Field to Friar Award Winner 2017, National Fish and Chip Awards - Marketing and Innovation Award Winner 2018, Top 10 Fish & Chip Shop of the year 2019, Fry Top 50 2016 and 2018, NFFF Quality Award Holding Shop, MSC Certified Holding Shop

Qualifications: Level 3 - Food Hygiene, NVQ Level 3 - Food preparation and Cooking, City and guilds 706/2 Patisserie, RNLI Cas Care First Aid trained.

Why did you become a trainer?

After 21 years in the fish and chip industry I feel I have a tremendous amount of passion, skill and knowledge to give to others in the industry.

Why is training important?

You can never know enough or stop learning. Even after 21 years I learn something new most days and especially off other like-minded people in the industry.

You must always strive to be better than yesterday and that comes from continuous learning and training.

Lynda Fielding

Lynda Fielding

NFFF Trainer

Shop Name: Belfield’s Fish and Chips

Time in the Trade: 37 years

Industry Awards: National Fish and Chip Awards – North West Regional Winner 1994 & 1999, Festival Award - Regional Finalists 1990, Award for Enterprise 1998

Qualifications: Level 3 - Food Hygiene, Level 2 - First Aid at Work

Why did you become a trainer?

To pass on valuable knowledge gained through my many years in the industry and to work with enthusiastic and inspiring people to also further my knowledge of business in a technological world.

Why is training important?

Training is needed to help anyone starting in the industry to help them avoid making mistakes or bad judgements and to get a grounding of running a business and making it a success. Training will help the trainee to produce a more consistent and quality product and increase their overall knowledge of the industry.

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our industry leading Facilities

The NFFF boasts the Training Academy in Leeds and Training Hub in Northern Ireland. Our fantastic facilities offer a bright and modern environment which further enhances the learning experience for the students.

Along with a fully equipped preparation and frying room, the NFFF Training Academy provides the perfect venue for both new starters and existing fish and chip shop personnel to learn new skills and gain further knowledge about the amazing fish and chip industry.

The NFFF Training Academy in Leeds is conveniently placed in a central location within three miles of Leeds City Centre, Leeds Railway Station, major connecting roads and Leeds/Bradford International Airport.

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so many benefits to being an nfff member, friendly helpful people

Arron Cole, Saltys Fish and Chips

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