The Drywite Young Fish Frier of the year competition – DYFFY
For the next 4 weeks I will be uploading a blog about how i found each round during the DYFFY to help Candidates in the future
Round 1 – The paper round
On the 1st May 2017, I received an email containing the 1st round of the DYFFY competition. It had all the information I needed to know about the competition as well the dates and times of each round if I got through, contact information for Nicky Lewis at Drywite and Mark Drummond at the NFFF should I need to speak to them as well as the Questionnaire itself. I was more excited than ever but also nervous, I knew the skills and knowledge I needed to fry high quality products as well as maintain the frying medium and the best practice methods, but I’ve always found it hard to write down and explain the knowledge in detail. So, I decided to ask for help, I didn’t see it as a sign of weakness but a strength knowing that I had highly experienced people in the industry to help me if I asked them and put the effort in to get through.
I spent a couple of hours reading the questions and figuring out what the questions were asking so that I had an idea of how to answer. I took it to work so that I could ask what I could improve on, and to help me look at it so that they could show me anything I had missed. I decided to make a draft of my answers so that I could get an idea of how I needed to answer each question, after I finished. I made several drafts before sending in my final copy so that I was completely happy and knew I had answered every question thoroughly to increase my chances of getting the highest marks possible.
Overall, I spent around 2 weeks going through the questionnaire and analysing it to make sure I answered each question with as much detail as possible, I didn’t feel the need to rush through it and try and send it as early as possible or leave to the last minute, so I felt more confident knowing that I had put a lot of effort into it. When I heard I had got through I was extremely happy knowing that the effort I put in had paid off and it showed me what is required throughout the competition.