Colin McGeoch, who works at The Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum, is one of five youngsters up for the title, which is part of the 2014 National Fish and Chip Awards. The awards are organised by Seafish.
McGeoch was shortlisted after completing a tough phone interview and an intensive day of assessments at the National Federation of Fish Friers Training School in Leeds.
He will now face a mystery shop visit and a judging session before finding out if he has beaten the other four finalists to the title at the awards, which will be held at the Lancaster London Hotel in London in January 2014.
Seafish CEO Paul Williams said: "The UK's fish and chip shops are a national institution and these young friers are the future of the fish and chips industry.
"The attention to detail, understanding of quality and steadfast approach to their trade displayed by the shortlisted finalists is testament to the way that they have begun their career positively, allied with confidence in their own abilities. This year's competition will be the fiercest yet, as each of the finalists fully deserve to be recognised and given full credit for their achievements so far. They are a credit to the industry."
Mark Drummond, NFFF Vice President and lead judge of the award category, said: "The judging of the Young Fish Frier competition is always very interesting, as the judges get to see the wealth of knowledge about our industry that many of the entrants to the competition have.
"The standards this year have been higher than ever, with the margin between those who get through and those who do not getting ever smaller. We try to find a new challenge every year for the entrants in order to keep the competition fresh. This year for the first time, as an additional part of the skills judging day at the NFFF Training School in Leeds, all finalists had to make a presentation to the judges about themselves. Picking one winner is always a very challenging process!"
Briar Wilkinson, sales director at Drywite Ltd, said: "At Drywite we are very passionate about celebrating up-and-coming talent and developing positive role models for our industry - young people who take a lot of pride in the quality of the product and the way in which they serve it. This year's candidates have demonstrated the high standards we have come to expect from this sector of the foodservice industry and therefore we are confident that our fish and chips businesses are in good hands for years to come. We wish them all the best with the awards and their future careers."