Malahide fishmonger vying for top honour
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.