Gain the confidence and learn the skills to know what seafood (both fish and shellfish) to buy, how to prepare it or ask a fishmonger to do it for you!. Having learnt about the various seafood and how to prepare it, our focus is on how to cook it to perfection using a number of different methods.
We love sharing our expertise and own experiences of life at Billingsgate and the very best seafood to buy and cook. There is always lots to learn.
On arrival we will get you suited and booted for a trip around the market! We divide our class into small groups and introduce you to the delights of Billingsgate Market when it is in full swing. Ice, fresh seafood from all around the world and dozens of different species and market banter can't fail to get the day off to a inspirational start. Your market visit will be led by one of our team of experts and we try and show you as much we can.
You will have a chance to buy extra fish and shellfish at this point - so if you think you may be tempted - please bring cash - we can store it for you in our chiller during your course.
Back to the kitchens to warm up and tuck into a breakfast and hot mug of tea or coffee before spending the rest of the day handling a range of seasonal and responsibly sourced seafood to prepare as the 'Catch of the Day'.
If you have any allergies or food intolerances - please make sure you tell us about it - so we can have a plan in place.
You will prepare a number of fish and some shellfish and make a fabulous fish stock. We will talk you through marinades and you create your own for your prepared fish to enjoy for lunch. Using the stock you will make our Billingsgate Saffron and Fennel Fish Stew - that you will take home to feed a family of 4 for supper.
During the day we will share our secrets on the best way to cook several types of fish - be it grilling a mackerel, poaching a fish fillet, roasting a large whole fish and pan-frying.
Bring a pen and paper to write it all down and we will supply a recipe pack for the day. We talk about getting everyone eating their 2 portions of fish a week - a day with us will certainly tick that box!
This is a 8 hour Course - Course Size 6-20 People - Course Times 06:15am - 14:15pm
Learn how to trim, scale, gut and clean, fillet, pin-bone and skin.
What to Expect
A informal, but very informative day exploring the market and learning the tricks of the trade. We aim to give you the confidence to buy and cook more fish at home - everything from buying, storing, preparing and cooking in a number of different and simple ways
Who should attend
You never stop learning and we are all challenged to eat more seafood as part of a healthy diet. If you want to learn some of the basics, feel confident about choosing and cooking a number of different fish - this is a great starting point.
What you take home
All the fish that you prepare during the course of the day and your Billingsgate Market Fish Stew that will be enough to feed a family of 4.
Can I buy fish?
You most certainly can.... bring some cash and make it known on arrival that you would like to buy. We can store all purchases whilst you are with us as we have a big chiller, but not a huge freezer - so we can only take limited frozen product.