Catering students get a seafood take-away

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 1 Nov 2018

A GROUP of students have had a unique glimpse into Grimsby’s seafood industry as part of an initiative to promote the industry to young people. 

Organised by Grimsby-based Seafish, the public body that supports the £10 billion UK seafood industry, the study tour, was taken up by Middlesbrough College.

Two  groups of catering students visited the fish market, a smokehouse, met a fishmonger, toured Young’s Seafood’s Inspiration Centre, and took part in filleting and cooking workshops at Grimsby Seafood Village.

Julie Snowden, regional manager for Seafish, put the trip together. She said: “These knowledge-sharing study trips are vital to students to view the industry first-hand. It allows them to see the various stages involved from sea to plate and talk to those employed in the seafood sector.

“Not only will this increase their knowledge and skills when discussing species, preparing and cooking fish, it could assist with future career choices. This may lead to careers in bespoke fish restaurants or new product development for example.”

The tours were taken up by Level Two Culinary Skills and Level Four Culinary Arts Management and Level Four Hospitality Management students over two days.

Ivan Jaines-White, commercial director of Grimsby Seafood Village, said:  “We were delighted to support and be involved with this great knowledge-sharing initiative from Seafish in the Humber area.  To be able to showcase our industry from sea to plate was an invaluable study tour for the catering students. I hope it will assist with their studies and future career choices, some may become our future seafood ambassadors. We look forward to supporting future initiatives.”

Nicholas Donnelly, communications manager for Young’s Seafood Ltd, added: “We were delighted to welcome Middlesbrough College to Young’s Seafood to help and inspire future generations to love fish. They came with a great energy and some really insightful questions and we look forward to seeing their careers in the industry flourish.”

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