Icelandic catfish to feature on festival menu – Fishupdate.com

Icelandic catfish to feature on festival menu Published:  26 November, 2007

Icelandic celebrity chef Ragnar Omarsson

SPECIAL fish dishes will provide a gastronomic treat for Liverpool’s Ice 2007 festival, starting this week.

The species and recipes chosen will demonstrate that the islands are now not only one of the most technologically advanced fishing nations but also have some of the world’s finest seafood chefs and restaurants.

Following the political battles that eventually excluded foreign vessels and gave it control over its fish resources, Iceland had to develop not only its own catching capacity but also the products export markets demanded and the supply chains needed to serve those markets.

Atlantic Fresh Limited, which is providing the fish for Icelandic celebrity chef Ragnar Omarsson’s festival dishes at Liverpool’s ROOM restuarant, is the major supplier of fresh fish from Iceland through its Humber based operations. The fish comes from sustainable resources and the company was a pioneer of the “traceability trail” which can track fish from net to customer along a controlled environment supply chain which now extends into Europe.

Ragnar Omarsson, from Reykjavik’s highly acclaimed DOMO restaurant, will be cooking alongside ROOM head chef Andrew Mountfield and Atlantic Fresh’s chief executive Magnus Gudmunddson is specially pleased with his fellow countryman’s choice of catfish for one of his festival recipes.

“In the UK the demand is always for cod,” said Magnus, ”but the North Atlantic has many other fine fishes and catfish, also known as wolfish in some markets, is one of them. There is a big market for it in France and we could easily supply more to the UK market.”

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