Cornwall’s finest fish filleters square off


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
August 30, 2011

Visitors to this year’s Newlyn Fish Festival, in southwest England, were on hand to witness six of Cornwall’s finest fish filleters and fishmongers compete for the title of Cornish Fishmonger of the Year 2011.

After three rounds, Lee Trethewey, representing Fish For Thought, won the inaugural contest, sponsored by Seafood Cornwall Training.

Competitors were judged by three industry experts, including Duncan Lucas, multiple National Fishmonger of the Year, Annie Sibert, owner of seafood cooking school My Fish Kitchen and Sue Lucas, fishmonger and award-winning ready-to-eat-seafood expert.

Contestants were scored on technique, yield, presentation and attention to detail. Extra points were awarded for finishing all of the tasks within the allocated time and for creating and attractive display.

“Winning this award is a great accolade,” said Trethewey. “Our customers have often commented on the high standard of preparation of the fish they receive produce of the best quality, prepared by experts. We were thrilled and proud to have Lee represent us, at what must be the ‘Oscars’ of the Cornish Fish Industry.”

“We are sure this will become an annual event that will just get bigger and bigger,” said Sarah Crosbie, manager of Seafood Cornwall Training. “The competition was launched to highlight the expertise of filleters and fishmongers from across the country, at the same time as promoting Cornish fish and the profession to a wider audience.”

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