Leigh frying high in Asia

A Whitley Bay fish fryer has been experiencing life in a traditional fish and chip shop in Asia.

Leigh Foster, who works at Pantrini’s, travelled almost 7,000 miles to work with Smith’s Fish and Chips in Singapore’s Balestier area.

The 23-year-old, who was the National Fish & Chip Awards ‘Drywite Young Fish Frier of the Year’ 2014 champion, was joined by 2013 Scottish champion Carlyn Kearney.

Leigh, who started working in Pantrini’s seven years ago as a waitress and is now a full-time manager, said: “I was excited about travelling to Singapore because I had no idea what to expect.

“It took me a few shifts to suss out why their product tasted so different, but I soon realised something wasn’t right with their potato preparation. By simply adjusting the temperature, I improved their chips – much to their delight and the customers loved it.”

She added: “The highlight for me was working at the Queen’s Birthday Celebration.

“We had to cook for hundreds of people on site which meant we had to use two huge woks which is a far cry from what I am used to at home.

“It was so effective. We served about 800 mini portions of fish bites and chips; it was a huge success and a brilliant night.

“Singapore was a remarkable experience and something I would love to do again. Being able to bring my knowledge from home and help transform a business was truly rewarding.

“The opportunities I’ve had have been incredible. It is an experience that I will never forget.”