Interview with a chip shop worker!
Forget being a cabaret artist or music producer, working in a chippy (a fast food outlet for those overseas) is one of the finest jobs we can aspire to. Hurrah for Mel B.!
You can call me a grease ball girl (chippy worker)
Full-time/part time: part time
How long have you been doing this:
For about 3 years! But I had a year’s break
Qualifications and/or training duration:
Erm… You have to be under 18 so they can rip you off and pay you hardly anything!
Skills: Cooking, cleaning, serving
A huge £4.20 an hour! And I was paid the most as I was queen of the fryer!
Job perks: Loads of free food
Downside of the job: Loads of free chub!!
What made you want to go into this profession:
Fish are my fave animals and I lived too far away from a sealife centre…! Not really, it was a bit of money for me when I was a wee cheeky scamp.
How physically or mentally demanding is the job:
It takes a strong person mentally and physically to batter fish…! (No animals were hurt in the making of this programme)
Long hours? I did about 14 a week
Most amazing career moment to date: Peeling 250 spuds in one hour!
Most hideous career moment to date: The first time I put my apron and hat on!
Do you meet interesting people and if so, who was the most interesting?
Yeah I loved the regulars they were nice people, and Kelly Brooks’ daddy comes in
Danger factor: The fat gets very hot… Watch out!
Opportunities for travel/work abroad with your career?
I was offered a job at a rival chippy, haha. That’s the best travel!
Do you meet peeps who catch your eye in your line of work?
Sometimes you get a handsome fish lover passing through and we lock eyes across a valley of grease and fat… but I’m holding out for Ian Beale
Can you still see yourself doing this in 20 years’ time?
Oh yeah, I want my children’s children to do it
What advice would you give young women who are interested in this career path?
Go for it you’ll never look back!