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article imageRecord setting portion of chips cooked up in the UK

By Lynn Curwin     Jul 1, 2011 in Food
Southend-on-sea - A five-man team cooked up a 448kg (987.6lb) portion of chips at a Southend-On-Sea theme park, setting a new world record.
On June 29, at Adventure Island, the men peeled and cut, and then used four fryers to cook 16 kilograms of potatoes at a time. After four hours and twenty minutes an enormous chip box was filled and weighed, and the record was confirmed.
People could then make a £1 donation to Southend Hospital’s Bosom Pals Appeal and enjoy a serving of chips.
“Eating fish and chips on the seafront – with proper chips and not weedy frozen fries - is all part and parcel of a fantastic tradition that we wanted to celebrate with this record," Adventure Island Chief Executive Philip Miller told The Essex Enquirer.
"I really hope we have reminded everybody how our national dish should and used to taste – and also why there’s no better place than the great British seaside for a fantastic holiday. We’ve also proved again that when it comes to setting new world records, Southend’s really Cod Talent!”
Adventure Island head of catering James Gibbs, told The Echo, "We are ecstatic we’ve broken the world record.”
Members of the five-man team ranged in age from 18 to 67
Adventure Island spokeswoman Tracy Jones said the previous record of 368.5 kg (812.4 lb), which was set in 2004, was done with frozen chips.
"There was a really good atmosphere. Loads of people turned up. The biggest problem was stopping children putting their hands in and taking the chips before we were finished," World Records Academy quoted her as saying.
Adventure Island also has a world record for the Most Naked People on a Rollercoaster (102 people, August 2010) and the Longest Dodgem Car Marathon (26 hours, May 2011).
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