Pattie passion puts Hull's East Park Chippy in line for Cock 'o the North food crown
ASK for a pattie with chip spice in Sheffield or York and you'll probably be met with a blank stare.
But the two Hull favourites may soon get regional recognition, as they form part of a meal competing for Pie Of The North.
Foodies in the city have nominated a fish special, pattie and chip spice as Hull's signature dish.
It is now taking on Leeds' beef and Yorkshire pudding, Bolton pasties and the Lancashire cheese and onion pie to be crowned Cock 'o the North.
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Matty Kinsley, of East Park Chippy, says it is the patties that make the dish popular.
"I've get customers from the top of Scotland ordering 48 at a time so they can freeze them and take them home," said Matty, 46.
"They come from all over the place – Isle of Man, Isle of Wight and Colchester.
"They visit family and friends in Hull, hear about the patties and take them back home with them."
The term "pie" is being used loosely in the competition – as a Yorkshire pudding, patties and pasties are all included in the Cock 'o the North shortlist.
The search to find the region's best pie was launched by Neil Court-Johnson, the managing director of the UK's oldest pie maker, Poole's Pies.
He invited pie-lovers to capture the taste of the "changing north" by nominating a pie for their town, city or region.
He said: "It all started when we had a bit of a War Of The Roses moment about which county produced the best pies.
"Of course, we came to the conclusion that the north is so diverse and every region has particular tastes and foods that are an important aspect of their identity.
"It has proved so popular and the people of the north have come up with some real belters."
The full shortlist for the honour is as follows: Sheffield – The Full Monty (sausage, bacon and egg); Leeds – beef and Yorkshire pudding; York and Harrogate – Posh Pie (steak with chantel mushrooms in burgundy sauce with a hint of dark chocolate); Bolton – Bolton pastie (meat, potato and veg with parched peas); Stoke – Stokie Oatcake Special (sausage, bacon, egg and oatcake); Bury – Bury black pudding pie; Blackburn and Burnley – Lancashire lamb and mint sauce; Preston – Preston butter pie; Blackpool – gammon and pineapple; Hull – fish special with pattie and chip spice; Wigan – Old School (meat and potato); Manchester – Lancashire cheese and onion and Liverpool – Scouse Special.
Matty, whose shop is based in Holderness Road, says fish special and pattie is one of his most popular dishes.
He said: "We sell loads of them every day.
"But I probably get through between 300 and 400 patties.
"I've had the recipe since I was 15 years old and I've tweaked it and perfected it over the years."
The creamy potato filling has herbs and spices and a number of other special ingredients.
But Matty keeps tight-lipped about his exact method and recipe, closely guarding the secret of the ingredients he uses.
Matty said: "When people first come to Hull, they've never heard of a pattie or chip spice – you can't get them anywhere else."
To vote for Hull's fish special, pattie and chip spice to win Cock 'o the North visit www.facebook.com/poolespies before November 27.
Everyone who votes will be entered into a prize draw to win a year's supply of pies.