AN enthusiastic worker at a Barnstaple fish and chip shop has added one more ingredient to a recipe for success after becoming a qualified fish fryer.

Aaron Cooper, 18, a familiar face at the Whiddon Fryer in Whiddon Valley, has been encouraged to take the qualification by owners Cheryl and Bruce Dimelow.

His dream is to open a chip shop of his own someday and he will soon begin an apprenticeship through Petroc in catering and food management.

Aaron started work at the Whiddon Fryer two years ago as a counter assistant and soon discovered he had a taste for catering.

To gain his new qualification he had to be assessed for several hours by a member of the National Fish Fryer’s Federation, as well as pass a written exam.

As well as cooking food, it required him to learn how to prepare and store food, plus aspects of the business including hygiene and management.

Cheryl and Bruce are delighted with his success: “We have a policy to develop all our staff. They all have a good hygiene certificate or are waiting for a place to get one and everybody who trains in the shop will be given the opportunity to do a qualification through Petroc,” said Cheryl.

Aaron added: “I’m very happy with what I’ve achieved and it’s all thanks to Cheryl, Bruce and their daughter Heather Dennis for their support.”