Hold the ketchup

national chip week - photograph by Derek Canty
national chip week - photograph by Derek Canty

Golden, hot and crispy with fluffy white goodness inside - what’s not to love about a perfect chip? Next week sees an excuse for celebration with National Chip week from February 16-22 aims to highlight freshness and good value as well as the tradition of the Great British chip.

More than 1.6 million tonnes of potatoes are made into chips every year in the UK – weighing the same as 4,000 jumbo jets. The land required to grow potatoes for chips is big enough to fit London’s Hyde Park 237 times, or 47,000 Wembley football pitches. In one year we eat nearly three billion meals containing chips. Taking part will be The Wheatsheaf Inn at Little Common and the photograph taken by Derek Canty is of waitress Carmen Whittaker who is all set to bring out some special Chip Week dishes.