As national chip week starts on the 18th – 24th february 2013 i bet you didn’t know that we need the entire area of wembley football stadium 47,000 times to grow all the chips required for Britain each year! and there is just no deny it – We all love chips!
Interesting Chip Facts & Figures:
1.) More than 1.6 million tonne of potatoes are made into chips every year in the UK.
2.) The land required to grow potaoes for chips is 33,664 hectares – big enough to fit Londons Hyde Park 237 times, or 47,000 Wembley Football Pitches
3.) Over 250 million fish and chips are sold in the UK each year
4.) In one year we eat nearly three billion meals containing chips, with dinner time the most popular time to eat them (64%) and the tea time the second favourite (24%)
5.) Brits use at least 26 differant words for fish and chips
6.) Using the right spuds for chips can make all the difference – to ensure your chips are lovely and fluffy try King Edward or Maris Piper
7.) Fish and Chips out sell Indian takeaways by two to one
8.) The worlds largest fish and chip portion was made in july 2012 by fish and chips Ltd London. The fish weighed in at 47.75kg and the chips 23.5kg, breaking the previous Guinness World Record which was held by the Wensleydale Heifer Pub
9.) Celebrity chip fans include- Rihanna, Kate Moss and David Walliams – and Michelle Obama recently revealed that her biggest food weakness is french fries
10.) A survey of 1,000 adults show ‘chip shop chips’ are the nations favourite chips with nearly half (45%) of all respondents putting them first, followed by french fries (16%), oven chips (14%), potato wedges (8%), crinkle cut chips (7%) and curly fries (7%)
11.) The survey also shows that where we live affects our chip choices, with people in the south preferring salt and vingar on their portion while the scottish are more likely than people in any other region to choose a portion of curly fries. People in the midlands have a fondness for curry sauce and cheese with their portion; the welsh are more likely than other regions to eat chips from the oven; and quarter of Londoners favour french fry.
Winston Churchill Called fish and chip shops ‘the good campanions’
John Lennon smothered his fish and chips in tomato ketchup
Micheal Jackson liked fish and chips with mushy pea’s
Did You Know!
*The Fish was usually sold by street sellers from large trays around their necks
*Charles Dickens refers to an early fish shop or “fried fish warehouse” in Oliver Twist (1839) where the fish generally came with bread or baked potatoes
*And in 1860, the first fish and chip shop was opened in London by Joseph Malin. The Lancastrians claim the first chip shop – John Leesin Mossley, 1963.
So Why Not Treat Yourself During National Chip Week and Support Our British Chip Shops