As the mighty AC/DC once sang, “It’s a Long Way to the Top, If You Want to Rock’n’Roll”. However, that’s just what the joint team of Malachy Mallon (of the award-winning Dolphin Takeaway in Dungannon, County Tyrone www.dolphindungannon.com) and Alan Hanna (of the award-winning Pitstop Fast Food in Kilkeel, County Down https://pitstopfastfood.com) have set their minds on.
Alan and Malachy are currently in training to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, in a bid to set a brand-new Guinness World Record by establishing the highest pop-up fish and chip shop in the world! Together, they’ll fry and serve award-winning fish and chips at Kilimanjaro’s Barafu Camp – a dizzying 15,255ft (4,650 metres) above sea level.
Alan Hanna, said: “When Malachy suggested climbing Mount Kilimanjaro I really thought he was joking. But no, I’ve found myself training in the Mourne Mountains of Northern Ireland at the crack of dawn and it’s really happening! We’re so fired-up for the challenge, but there are still a few logistics to be ironed out, like altitude and required frying temperatures! We want the fish and chips we serve at ‘Barafu Camp’ to be as fantastic as those our customers enjoy back home in Northern Ireland.”
The intrepid Malachy is no stranger to challenges. The Dolphin Dungannon is the reigning Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award Regional Winner for Northern Ireland as part of the 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards, holding this title for three consecutive years, and was also a UK Top 3 finalist in the Healthy Eating ‘Fish and Chips’ Award category. Last summer, as part of a charitable fundraising challenge, Malachy cycled 1,500 miles visiting the UK’s top 10 fish and chip shops, raising an incredible £9,000 for The Fishermen’s Mission.
An excited Malachy said: “As a keen outdoors enthusiast and, following on the success of my #MalOnAMission cycle, I felt it would be great to put fish and chips on top of the world stage by attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and cooking fish and chips at Barafu Camp. Alan and I hope to become the world’s highest pop-up fish and chip shop and, by doing so, raise funds for the worthy Fishermen’s Mission, whilst also promoting the healthier eating aspects of fish and chips. We intend to, signal permitting, broadcast live from Kilimanjaro and hopefully we’ll be celebrating a new world record! Post climb, we’re also planning to cook fish and chips for a local orphanage. It’s good to give back to the community, wherever you are in the world.”
The intrepid duo will arrive in Tanzania on 1st September 2018 and set out on their world record attempt on the 3rd, finishing on 10th September 2018, a climb of 8 days.
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