Re­tail & Mar­ket­ing News

Mas­ter fish­mon­gers

Fish Farmer - - Contents -

TEN fish­mon­gers re­ceived their cer­tifi­cates of achieve­ment from Princess Anne, in her ca­pac­ity as Prime War­den of the Fish­mon­gers’ Com­pany.

At the cer­e­mony, in Fish Hall near old Billings­gate Mar­ket in Lon­don, the his­toric cen­tre for stan­dards of fish­mon­ger­ing since 1272, Princess Anne en­cour­aged all fish­mon­gers to be the guardians of ex­cel­lence, not just with the prepa­ra­tion and sell­ing of fish, but also as cham­pi­ons for

healthy eat­ing.

The award scheme recog­nises achieve­ment for fish­mon­gers at three lev­els of pro­gres­sion – Recog­nised, Ad­vanced and Mas­ter. In ad­di­tion, those who have given

a life­time of con­tri­bu­tion to the art of fish­mon­ger­ing may be be­stowed as Com­pan­ion Fish­mon­gers.

One re­cip­i­ent was Mas­ter Fish­mon­ger Hal Daw­son, who opened his first fish­mon­ger shop in the 1970s armed with just a pair of kitchen scis­sors and a set of his mother’s plas­tic weigh­ing scales.

He de­clared this mo­ment as the ‘big­gest ac­co­lade of his seafood ca­reer’. Hav­ing sold his fish­mon­ger busi­ness and smoke­house in 2000, he has since trained hun­dreds of fish­mon­gers across Europe.

An­drew Kenny, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Fish­mon­gers, said: ‘I be­lieve the Mas­ter Fish­mon­ger Stan­dard is the most ex­cit­ing thing to have hap­pened to the re­tail seafood sec­tor in a long time, pro­mot­ing higher lev­els of knowl­edge, craft skills and set­ting a stan­dard to be as­pired too.’

Above: Fish­eries con­sul­tant Hal Daw­son be­ing awarded his ac­co­lade by Princess Anne

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.