Cornwall: Local chefs to give masterclass at Newlyn Fish Festival –

Cornwall: Local chefs to give masterclass at Newlyn Fish Festival Published:  23 August, 2006

Seafood Cornwall is focusing on species including pollack

SEAFOOD Cornwall will be stepping-up its campaign to promote quality fish at next week’s Newlyn Fish Festival by providing the chance to learn about the huge range of fish landed in Cornwall every day and to watch a series of ‘Masterclass’ cooking demonstrations performed by top local chefs.

Following its successful campaign to promote megrim, sardine and spider crab in 2005, this year Seafood Cornwall has chosen to focus on pollack, mackerel and monkfish as it believes that although many local people will have heard of pollack, many visitors to the region will be unaware that pollack is a tasty versatile fish – much-loved by the ‘foody French’ and available in abundance.

“We believe that pollack is one of our best kept secrets and our expert chefs will be cooking over 12 different recipes with pollack and other local fish to show people how quick and easy it is to cook,” said Seafood Cornwall project director, Nathan de Rozarieux. Chefs for the day will include Keir Meikle, Head Chef of the Navy Inn in Penzance and his team of Jay Orrey, Jacob Finnis and guest chef Matthew Barnicoat and also Des Turland, Head Chef from the Royal Duchy Hotel in Falmouth.

With an annual catch in excess of 1000 tonnes, worth approx £2m in 2005, pollack is particularly important to Newlyn which remains the UK’s premier port for pollack. However, less than a third of the pollack landed in Newlyn stays in the UK. Seafood Cornwall is working with local fishermen and merchants to help increase this figure.

“We know that supermarket buyers and restaurateurs are always looking for new product lines so we hope that by whetting people’s appetite they will go back home and ask for pollack at their local fish shop, supermarket, restaurant or even buy on-line” said Mr de Rozarieux.

As well as providing tastings, the Seafood Cornwall stand will celebrate the quality, abundance and diversity of fish through a series of talks and presentations explaining to visitors how the fish is caught and how to prepare fish and shellfish. “People are often afraid of dealing with fish so our aim is to show that preparing fish or shellfish couldn’t be simpler” said Mr de Rozarieux.

The Newlyn Fish Festival will take place on Monday, August 28. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.