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Gut Shuck & Fillet

Gut Shuck & Fillet

Gut Shuck & Fillet



GUT, SHUCK & FILLET is a fantastic morning’s hands-on class for beginners and experienced home cooks wanting to learn the art of preparing fish and shellfish.

You will learn the basics of fish and shellfish preparation from one of our experienced fishmonger tutors with lots of helpful tips on buying, storing and cooking.
You will practice, cleaning, skinning, filleting, shucking and dressing a range of different types of seasonal fish and shellfish.
We will teach you how to handle, sharpen and care for your knives.
Our aim is to send you you home full of confidence, with lots of new skills and a cool-bag full of fish to enjoy cooking at home. 
We provide everything you will need for the class. There is free parking for our students at the market. Visit our FAQs for more information about how to get to here and what to wear.


This is 7 hour Course  - Course Size  10-12 People - Course Times  06:15am - 13:30pm - Registration 5.45am


 Techniques covered

We teach you how to care for your knives and how to sharpen and hone a knife - it's all about knife work for the best result. You will work with around 10 different types of fish and learn how to: clean it, skin it, fillet it and pocket it!

 What to Expect

An early morning tutored visit of Billingsgate when the market is in full swing. After our legendary market breakfast there is a short talk on the equipment used during the course and essential knife care to ensure safe handling. A 5 hour hands-on practical fish and shellfish preparation session learning many of the essentials for preparing seafood at home. Species are likely to include: a number of round and flat fish including plaice, gurnard, bass, trout, coley and sole along with cuttlefish and shucking oysters. The trainer will also demonstrate the preparation of crab. There is NO cooking on this course, but advice (and notes) will be given on cooking, storage and freezing.

 Who should attend

Perfect for all amateur fishermen wanting to learn or improve their knowledge of fish and shellfish preparation. It is also great for a home cook who is faced with preparing fish straight off the rod and line.

 What you take home

All the fish that you prepare on the day and we provide a cool bag for you to take it away in.

 Can I buy fish?

If you are likely to want to buy fresh or frozen product on the day, please bring cash with you. We can store a small number of purchases in our chiller for the duration of the course.