Malahide fish­mon­ger vy­ing for top hon­our

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A MALAHIDE-BASED fish­mon­ger has been short­listed to win a na­tional ti­tle recog­nis­ing ex­cel­lence in their pro­fes­sion.

Renêe Tal­lon from East Coast Seafood in Malahide has been named along with five other fi­nal­ists hop­ing to be se­lected as Bord Ias­caigh Mhara (BIM) Young Fish­mon­ger 2018.

Re­nee and her part­ner, James Kir­wan es­tab­lished East Cost Seafood in Naas in 2009. In June 2016, they opened a sec­ond shop in Malahide.

Orig­i­nally from the fish­ing port of Clogher­head, Co Louth, Re­nee’s fa­ther and grand­fa­ther were trawler­men, so fish­ing runs in her blood.

The shops of­fer a wide range of home­made value added prod­ucts in­clud­ing chow­ders, pies and fish cakes.

Re­nee says that she is at her hap­pi­est when help­ing cus­tomers, giv­ing them new recipes and serv­ing ideas.

In fact, James was the in­au­gu­ral win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion in 2014 so there is sure to be plenty of healthy com­pe­ti­tion at home!

The awards will be pre­sented on Novem­ber 16 in the Wineport Lodge, Glas­son, Athlone.

The fi­nal­ists will now re­ceive in-depth vis­its by the judges to as­sess their knowl­edge of seafood, their un­der­stand­ing of qual­ity is­sues, skills, tech­niques and cus­tomer ser­vice.

The final stage of the Young Fish­mon­ger com­pe­ti­tion will take place in Oc­to­ber and will rig­or­ously test the fi­nal­ists’ skills, with each fish­mon­ger re­quired to fil­let and pre­pare a range of fish and shell­fish un­der time con­straints as well as dis­cussing their fu­ture ca­reer plans and am­bi­tions in the seafood sec­tor.

East Coast Seafood, Malahide has also been short­listed in the In­de­pen­dent Seafood Spe­cial­ist Cat­e­gory.

BIM Young Fish­mon­ger 2018 fi­nal­ist, Re­nee Tal­lon, of East Coast Seafood, Malahide.

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