M&J’s TERRY CROWNED UK FISH CHAMPION FOR SECOND TIME – Fishupdate.com

M&J’s TERRY CROWNED UK FISH CHAMPION FOR SECOND TIME Published:  01 September, 2011

M&J Seafood fishmonger Terry Martin has been crowned British Fish Craft Champion for the second time at the national championships held in Cardiff Bay on Sunday (28 August).

Terry, 45, who works at the seafood specialist’s Farnham branch, first won the title which is organised by the National Federation of Fishmongers in 2009. His colleague Gopal Nandy, who works at the Smethwick branch, also shared success taking second place.

The competitors were judged on their speed and skill in filleting and preparing a wide range of seafood, as well as their expertise in creating a fine presentation of these products.

The 59th British Fish Craft Championships attracted a record number of competitors from national organisations including Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and one of the closest ever finishes. Just 48 points in a possible 1,800 separated first and third place in the overall championship.

Terry was not M&J’s only winner. The company entered nine competitors from 12 branches and carried off a total of 19 prizes on the day, including the top four places in the in the Cardiff Harbour Authority Salmon Challenge 2011.

Neil Poxon, fresh fish manager at M&J Seafood, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for M&J Seafood and one that we are really proud of. We make sure our skills and food standards are the highest in the industry, and it is gratifying to see our good work paying dividends.

“Congratulations go to the whole M&J team but especially to Terry who has once again demonstrated the quality expected at M&J. We strongly believe that with the right knowledge passed on, our industry can have a sustainable future for many years to come.”

 The 2011 British Fish Craft Championships formed the centre piece of the hugely popular Cardiff Harbour Festival which included tall ships, an open air market, craft stalls, live music and a display by the Breitling Wing Walkers.