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    Billingsgate Seafood School

    Celebrating Sustainable Fish & Shellfish - Sustainable Seafood Award 2014
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    Get into Fishmongering

    Free with agreed funding from Billingsgate School
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    Bespoke Days for the Industry

    We plan bespoke courses to suit your budget

What`s on offer

Food Lovers
Food Lovers

All of our fish preparation and cookery courses are lead by expert instructors including chefs and fishmongers who work alongside small groups to make sure every course offers a really practical and insightful experience.

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Schools & Funded

We offer a range of courses to schools and colleges. We do have some funding in place for many courses as part of our schools programme, these are offered on a first come first served basis.

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Seafood Industry

For industry training we have a selection of cookery courses and preparation courses that offer expertise in many areas within the seafood industry. We offer hands-on practical training.

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New for 2014

Flash sale  Fash sale Flash sale Flash sale............30% off Game Workshop 16th Nov with the inspirational Gary Williamson, grazier, bringing game directly from his farm in Kent. Book now on 0207 517 3548!!!!  This offer only applies to telephone bookings.

New weekday lunch: SEAFOOD DISCOVERY LUNCHES (see Food Lovers)

Join us for a relaxed weekday lunch mid-morning - so no early start on this day! Each 'discovery' lunch will begin with a tutored tasting. Our first events are Wine and Seafood pairings: Wednesday 12th November for Wine and Shellfish.  You will be treated to a tasting plate of first course dishes such as Taramasalata, Smoked Fish Blinis, Salt Cod and Sweet Potato Fish Cakes and other favourite Billingsgate recipes. Nancy Gilchrist M.W. will deliver a tasting of a number of wines to match. We then serve a seafood main course to complete the day.
This day is ideal for those who enjoy seafood and would like some expert advice about matching this to wine.

New bespoke class: Kid's Seafood Discovery Parties (see Food Lovers)

If you would like to have a private children's 'party or 'get together' we now offer a Saturday afternoon class for 7 - 14 year olds where they roll up their sleeves and prepare some seafood and cook a couple of dishes under the watchful eye of our chef trainers. Call Kerry Dixson our Office Manager for more information and prices.

New Autumn Seafood Industry training dates at Billingsgate School

New Autumn Fish & Shellfish Industry training dates at Billingsgate School

With support from Fishmongers' Livery Company and City & Guilds the Seafood School is offering new and experienced fishmongers, fish merchants, and fish handlers the opportunity to gain accredited training through the C&G Seafood Retail Certificate.  Dates for this programme through the Autumn are 4th & 5th November.  

To help new business start ups Fishmongers' Livery Company is also offering funding for our business mentoring programme and workshop 'Get into Fishmongering'.  Lead by retired fishmonger and past president of the National Federation of Fishmongers, Charlie Caisey MBE offers new entrants to the trade his time and expertise sourcing and selling fish and shellfish, date for this Autumn is 6 November.  

For Technical Managers, Food Inspectors and Environmental Health Practitioners the School is now also offering a combined fish and shellfish identification quality assessment awareness day which is scheduled for Thursday 20th November.

In colaboration with the Sea Fish Industry Authority the School also delivers a certified 'Introduction to Fishmongering', Tuesday 18th November.  This date is supported with a workbook and is aimed at new staff working on a fish counter.

To book this or any of our courses call our office Manager - Kerry Dixson on 0207 517 3548.


Catch of the Day 1

After a brief introduction to life at Billingsgate your day begins at 6.15am with an educational escorted market visit where you will learn how to identify quality and the many species of fish and shellfish on sale. A cooked breakfast is served in the school kitchens when there is an opportunity to ask further questions. The first part of the course is a hands-on fish preparation session and includes how to make a good fish stock. Once prepared the chefing team will show you a variety…

12-14 People
8.00 hours
£ 198.00

Inspire Morning

We are running a series of 'taster mornings' those who would like to buy their own fish directly from the market and learn how to prepare it in our kitchens. Arrive at the market between 6.30 and 7.00am so that you can buy your own fish to prepare in the class later. You will need cash for purchase your fish as few merchants take credit cards. You can buy breakfast in one of the two cafes on the market before joining the team at 9.00 to prepare the fish that you have purchased. We recommend…

6-6 People
1.30 hours
£ 45.00

Escorted Market Visit

Cost: £40.00 includes Billingsgate Market Buyers Guide If you are one of the many who have always meant to visit Billingsgate just to see what actually happens - or to buy some fish - we run these early morning visits to give you a glimpse into this historic market. Redeeming a gift voucher? Please do not book below, telephone Kerry on 0207 517 3548 with your voucher number.

6-12 People
1.00 hours
£ 40.00
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Get into Fishmongering

6th November 2014 The Seafood School, together with the London Fish & Poultry Retail Association are now offering a free (subject to agreed funding) introductory seminar to anyone who wants to get into the trade and become a fishmonger. Fishmongering can be exciting and rewarding; however access into the business lacks a formal training route. This course is aimed at people who are not currently in the trade and is designed as a taster into the Seafood Industry. The day is also for people who…

4-8 People
7.30 hours
£ 175.00

Introduction to Fishmongering

Introduction to Fishmongering is a fantastic new training resource that is delivered as a one day training course. It provides new entrants or those with no previous formal training an opportunity to get an overview of the key skills required as a fishmonger. The day is motivational and concentrates on the most significant areas of the job, with high impact and focused modules that are outlined below.

6-12 People
9.00 hours
£ 185.00

Quality Assessment of Fish & Shellfish for Technical Managers and EHP's

This quality assessment course is designed as an overview of quality assessment of both fish and shellfish and is for environmental health practitioners and technical managers within seafood companies. The course is delivered over an eight hour period and includes a market visit, classroom and practical sessions. This day is led by experts from Billingsgate Market, Fishmongers' Company and Industry Consultants. 

10-20 People
8.00 hours
£ 150.00
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Corporate and Team Days

Why not bring your clients or team along for a challenging day or evening session of seafood preparation and cooking at Billingsgate Seafood Training School ?  Non seafood eaters catered for.

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Welcome to Billingsgate Seafood School

Welcome to Billingsgate Seafood School

Fish Cookery Courses and Preparation Courses in London

Billingsgate Seafood Training School is located on the first floor of Billingsgate Fish Market next to Canary Wharf, London


We are a charity, focused on promoting responsibly sourced seafood to young people as part of a healthy diet. We specialise in providing fish preparation and cookery courses, and offer training to people coming into the seafood industry or who want to improve their understanding of it. To support our charitable activities, we have a wide range of courses for the general public aimed at increasing the knowledge of seafood amongst food lovers.

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Our Cookbook & Merchandise

Reserve your signed copy of the Billingsgate cookbook

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Gift Vouchers

We offer a gift voucher service for all our courses and these can be personalised and made out for any occasion.

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