New award seeks Britain’s best young fishmonger
The next generation of U.K. fishmongers are being called upon to test their technical knowledge, skills, and passion for the trade in a new competition.
Created by the Master Fishmonger Standard (MFS), the Young Fishmonger of the Year Award aims to celebrate young talent and provide a platform on which budding professionals can build their future careers.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase and celebrate the wealth of young talent in our profession,” said Giles Shaw, president of the National Federation of Fishmongers.
Recognizing that seafood preparation and customer service skills are key to high-quality fishmongering, applicants must submit two videos: one demonstrating their filleting or shucking skills, and one highlighting their passion for and commitment to the industry. These videos will be judged by both a panel of certified Master Fishmongers and a public poll available via the Master Fishmonger Standard website.
Applicants must be under the age of 25 to apply.
The winner of the MFS Young Fishmonger Award will be invited to receive their prize at the annual MFS awards ceremony at Fishmongers’ Hall in London on 3 June.
Last year, the ancient guild of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, in partnership with the National Federation of Fishmongers, Seafish and Seafood School at Billingsgate, created the MFS. The standard recognizes achievement for fishmongers at three levels of progression – Recognized, Advanced and Master. It also strives to encourage and enable a high standard of skill and the growth of knowledge about the seafood industry.
The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers has been helping to uphold fishmongering standards since 1272.