Grimsby treated to fish skills extravaganza –

Grimsby treated to fish skills extravaganza Published:  27 June, 2012

FISH in all its glory and in all its varieties was on show at the Grimsby Institute.Young’s, North East Lincolnshire’s biggest private employer hosted a Seafood Extravaganza Evening to raise funds for the Fishermen’s Mission locally – and the event is expected to net at least £3,000.

It was led by a partnership of  both Young’s Seafood and the Grimsby Institute with involvement of a selection of students in both the planning and managing of the event.

Young’s chief executive Leendert Den Hollander, who was at the event, said: “We are really keen to ensure that this event is a success and will promote the Mission within the local industry, raise awareness and some much-needed funds along with providing a showcase of the industry at its best.”

Other guests included former Young’s chief executive Wynne Griffiths and Grimsby FMA chief executive Steve Norton as well as a number of local fisher merchants and fish buyers.The format for the evening was a demonstration of  the Fishmonger and the Chef – including live filleting and  a cook-up showcase followed by a networking dinner .

Young’s, which is creating around 300 new jobs in Grimsby following a restructuring of production activities within the group, brought along its head chef, Frenchman Serge Nollent, and its head filleter Duncan Lucas.

The Grimsby Port Missioner Tony Jewitt said: “It was a wonderful evening. The live cooking displays were amazing. Several different meals were cooked and then auctioned off.

“Then Duncan Lucas put on a really fabulous display of his filleting skills and showed us to handle and deal with different forms of shellfish.”

He said the evening itself raised around £2,500 and other events during the rest of the week are expected to bring in at least an extra £500.

There was also more serious undertones to the evening. Although Grimsby’s deep sea trawler fleet disappeared more than 25 years ago, the Fishermen’s Mission ( still formally known as the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen) continues to  help around 800 former trawlermen facing various financial and social problems.

Mr Jewitt said the mission locally dispenses aid from its own resources and from other charities and social funds to the tune some £200,000 a year.