The Cornish Fishmonger
Producer: The Cornish Fishmonger, Cornwall
Product name: Smoked Haddock
Region: South West, Isles of Scilly and The Channel Islands
Category: From the sea, artisan
What they do:
From seafood chef, to fisherman, to trawler owner, to finally becoming the man behind The Cornish Fishmonger, Rob Clifford-Wing has been involved in fishing all his working life (he also runs the fish wholesaler Wing of St Mawes).
The business is a staunch supporter of its local fisherman and is committed to buying sustainably and ethically from nearby shores, and has spent time cultivating special relationships with the fishermen.
As well as selling seafood, the team also smoke their own fish using traditional methods – a treatment given to their Cornish-caught haddock.
For 30 years, Rob has worked with the industry, aiming to conserve a centuries-old way of life. He helped found the trade body Seafood Cornwall, which educates the public and aids unity in the industry. Rob has also been part of a successful EU funding project that set up a ‘no fish zone’ off the coast of north Cornwall, in a bid to create a rise in stocks of species including cod and haddock.
What the judges said:
The judges agreed that The Cornish Fishmonger exhibited a great deal of dedication and pride for their craft, and admired Rob’s enthusiasm for conservation of traditional fishing practices and seafood stocks.
Visit the website: The Cornish Fishmonger