A FISHMONGER from Dublin 15 has made the shortlist for the Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Young Fishmonger 2016 competition.
George Stephens from The Fish Market, Roselawn, Blanchardstown, is one of just five finalists nationwide who’ll be tested on business insight and practical skills in BIM’s Seafood Development Centre, Clonakilty, on November 11.
George is not only an experienced fishmonger but his culinary background and business acumen has led to an expansion in the business with three retail outlets in Maynooth, Blanchardstown and Mullingar town.
A professional chef with eight years seafood retail experience, he knows all there is about preparing and cooking seafood. Supported by his wife and business partner Anne, George has a real drive and passion for developing his business further.
He is constantly working on new, ready-to-go seafood products and has recently launched a new range of freshly fried fish to his Blanchardstown store, which has proved hugely popular with customers.
As a finalist, George will receive a specially designed trophy, a place on BIM’s retail development workshops, a set of professional knives and a cheque for €500.
If he goes on to win, he’ll be enjoying a study trip to France and a cheque for €1,000.
Donal Buckley, BIM’s Business Development & Innovation Director explained what the competition is all about.
“This programme directly recognises young talented fishmongers that have a clear passion for seafood,” he said.
“They represent a bright future for the business, which after a difficult few years has seen a recovery with total seafood sales increasing by five per cent this year. It is encouraging to see that our finalists not only process the necessary technical skills and product knowledge but they all have the requisite drive and passion to expand and develop their business. Good luck to all of our finalists.”