A Sunbury fish and chip store is proving to be batter than all the rest.

Seafood on Evans is in the running to be named Victoria’s People’s Choice 2019 for best fish and chip store in the state.

Owner Tony Moussa has been at the store since 2000. He said he was honoured to be up for the same award two years in a row.

“It’s an ecstatic feeling, it’s great,” he said.

“But you’ve got to remember, if you put the hard work [in], it always pays off. Not only in this industry but in any industry.”

The fish and chip enthusiast won the same award last year.

Mr Moussa said he credited the store’s success to using fresh fish and his ability to cook a full menu for his gluten free customers.

“We cook traditional fish and chips, we grew our menu to a bigger and better menu – upmarket, but we kept our traditional fish and chips,” he said.

“I don’t like using frozen fish.

“Also, we cater for the coeliac society, so we cook a full menu of gluten free on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

“If I can make someone that can’t have a product go home and enjoy a meal, I’m over the moon.”

Mr Moussa has been cooking the Aussie favourite since 1986, starting “from the heart of fresh fish in Lakes Entrance”.

“I’ve kept that in all my shops,” he said. “I’ve got a passion for food, for serving someone and now, I’ve found a passion for the coeliac society.”

Mr Moussa said his staff and his loyal customers in Sunbury had helped him get to where he is now.

“I’ve got a great team,” he said.

To vote: fishandchipsawards.com.au/