The 'perfect chip' is 7cm long and straight-cut

·Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Brits have weighed in on what constitutes the perfect chip. [Photo: Getty]
Brits have weighed in on what constitutes the perfect chip. [Photo: Getty]

Almost all of us have enjoyed a serving of hot, salty chips in our lives.

But not all chips are made equal – at least, according to research into the matter.

In a study conducted by the Food Advisory Board, 2,000 adult respondents were asked about their chip preferences.

The “perfect” chip should be exactly 7 centimetres (cm) long and 1.2cm wide, according to the feedback. The so-called Holy Grail of fries is made from Maris Piper potatoes; crispy on the outside but soft in the middle; and straight-cut.

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Other chip options include curly, crinkly, or American-style skinny fries, while some restaurants sell super-thin, crispy “shoe string” fries.

But Brits voted for the classic straight-cut variety for their favourites – served piping hot with a sprinkle of salt but no pepper.

Condiment wise, ketchup just about won out – with 49% of the vote – but vinegar ranked closely behind, with 47%, and Belgian style mayonnaise got 32%.

Then there was the toppings debate: gravy versus cheese or curry sauce.

According to a survey of 2,000 adults by the Food Advisory Board, the perfect chip should be precisely 7cm long. [Photo: SWNS]
According to a survey of 2,000 adults by the Food Advisory Board, the perfect chip should be precisely 7cm long. [Photo: SWNS]
Ketchup won overall as the nation's favourite condiment to eat with chips. [Photo: SWNS]
Ketchup won overall as the nation's favourite condiment to eat with chips. [Photo: SWNS]

Curry sauce came out on top overall, with one fifth of Brits saying their chips could not be “perfect” without the tangy flavour.

However, the results revealed a north south divide: northerners preferred gravy while curry sauce was the go-to option for southerners. Cheesy chips were a more niche favourite among respondents living in East Anglia and the South West.

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Food Advisory Board expert Professor Robert Pickard offered advice on the healthiest way to prepare chips.

He said: “When the skin is left on, and they are prepared and cooked the right way, for example in the oven with minimal added fat, chips can be included in a healthy, balanced diet.

"When cooking up chips, it’s best to opt for thick-cut potatoes as opposed to thinly cut chips, so that you avoid absorbing too much cooking fat."

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