BIM YFM 2017

 With over 500 independent and supermarket seafood counters nationwide, and domestic sales reaching €234m in the 12 months to June 2016, “seafood has become the most on trend protein in the market” she added.

The eight finalists will be visited by the judges who will assess their general seafood knowledge, understanding of quality issues, skills, techniques and customer service.

In the final stage in October, each finalist will be required to fillet and prepare a range of fish and shellfish under time constraints, as well as outline their plans and ambitions for a career in the seafood sector. 

The curent title holder, George Stephens of the Fish Market in Blanchardstown, Co Dublin, began his career as a chef in L’Ecrivain and Sheen Falls Hotel. George then honed his skills in fishmongery and now has three outlets in Blanchardstown, Co Dublin, Maynooth, Co Kildare and Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

Following his win, George went on various study trips to Holland and had a seafood slot on television series Ireland AM. He is also going to London shortly to visit seafood retail and foodservice outlets, for inspiration on how to further develop his own businesses.

The Young Fishmonger 2017 will be announced at the inaugural BIM Seafood Awards on November 17 in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin.

Independent Seafood Specialist category

Stephen Hurley,  The Fish Shop, Glenmar Shellfish Ltd, Union Hall, Co Cork

Peter Roberts, Roberts of Dalkey, Dalkey, Co Dublin

Anne Stephens, The Fish Market, Maynooth, Co Kildare

Philip Fitzsimons, Fitzsimons Family Fishmongers, Crumlin, Dublin 12

 Supermarket Seafood Counter Category

Eimantas Zvirblis, Donnybook Fair, Malahide, Co Dublin

Alona Dutchak, Dunnes Stores, Childer’s Road, Limerick

Anthony Murray, Dunnes Stores, Headford Road, Galway

Katrina Curmova, Dunnes Stores, Longford, Co Longford