Fish and chips makes the bucket list
FAVOURITE fast food fish and chips has made it onto a list of dishes to try before you die.
A panel of foodies have lumped the traditional take-away choice onto a bucket-list of must try culinary experiences.
Put together by food experts including renowned critic Giles Coren, writer William Sitwell and TV chef Simon Rimmer, fish and chips made the cut to appear alongside luxuries like Beluga caviar.
Other food experiences to make the list was dining at Simon Rogan's L'enclume in the Lake District and partaking in street food in Kuala Lumpur.
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The entry for the fish supper states: ‘What could be more British than fish and chips wrapped in paper and smothered in salt and vinegar, enjoyed whilst sat on a harbour wall?’
Other culinary experiences to be sought out are bread and butter pudding, called by the panel as 'a delicious classic dessert that simply shouts Britishness with every crispy, gooey bite', catching and cooking a mackerel on a beach, growing your own vegetables, strawberry picking, cooking a perfectly timed Sunday roast and sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.
According to the Federation of Fish Fryers, there are currently around 10,500 specialist fish and chip shops in the UK, dwarfing other fast food outlets - McDonalds has only 1,200 outlets and Kentucky Fried Chicken just 840.
British consumers eat some 382 million portions of fish and chips every year.
That's six servings for every man, woman and child.
Annual spend on fish and chips in the UK is in the region of a staggering £1.2 billion, while 80 per cent of people visit fish and chip shops at least once a year.