This course will teach you step by step how to develop the knife skills necessary to prepare fresh fish from start to finish in a variety of ways. We cover each main knife skill relevant to this industry, so you will learn how to:
This course is perfect for trainee chefs and catering students as well as providing a refresher for existing chefs and caterers. Alternatively, if you are a keen food enthusiast who loves to learn new skills, prepare fresh food and impress family and guests then you will also benefit from training with us.
We take our 30+ years' experience and break down skills which are perceived as challenging into easy manageable bite sizes. These skills can then be applied to a whole spectrum of fish, expanding your range of expertise further to impress the customers you serve or the friends you cook for.
In this lesson we introduce you to the course and explain the skills you will develop step by step as you progress through the training. You will develop the skill set to freshly prepare a range of flat and round fish either in preparation as a whole fish, filleted or steaked.
In this lesson we show you the equipment we use to scale, pin, fillet, portion and prepare fresh fish. This equipment includes some specialist equipment but we also describe and demonstrate alternatives that can be found in the kitchen for learners that are not in the catering trade.
In this lesson we show you how to scale (de-scale) a round fish, in this case a bass fillet. This is demonstrated using a scaler and also a knife.
In this lesson we show you step by step how to fillet a round fish to maintain as much meat as possible. This is an important skill as many customers prefer their whole fish served as fillets to minimise the amount of bones.
In this lesson we show you step by step how to fillet a flat fish to maintain as much meat as possible.
In this lesson we show you how to remove the skin from a flat fish enabling it to be cooked and served as a whole fish.
In this lesson we show you how to skin a round fish fillet whilst maintaining all of the meat. This is a skill which helps with preparing individual fillets for cooking but also helps to improve the speed at which you create ragout for fish pies or fish cakes.
In this lesson we teach you how to skin a dover sole. This can be a tricky skill until you master it. We will show you the traditional way many are taught in college or cooking school and then our easier way to remove the skin from a dover sole.
In this lesson we will teach you how to remove the bones from a fillet using two different techniques. These techniques can be applied to a range of fish. This is an important skill as many people are put off eating fish due to finding bones. Make sure you remove them all before serving using our methods.
In this lesson we show you how to prepare a whole fish in preparation for cooking and serving as a whole fish.
In this lesson we teach you how to prepare and fillet a whole salmon. This is a large fish in comparison to a bass fillet; however, being able to fillet a fish this size means you will be able to prepare and fillet a range of other fish. Follow these techniques to prepare the fish for a fish kettle or portion it down to make individual meals.
In this lesson we show you how to steak a salmon. This technique can then be applied to other fish which people enjoy eating as a steak.
I'm Gary and own a Fishmerchants and Game dealers which has been in our family since 1889. I have run the business for 30 years. We supply hotels, restaurants, pubs and caterers alongside any other establishments which requires our services. We also serve customers in our shop too. My experience and expertise have developed over time and I am now a very competent and skillful fishmonger. We have to prepare a lot of orders specifically for our customers, and these are skills which I feel more chefs, catering students and caterers would benefit from learning. It’s a skill and art form which is slowly dying out with less and less people choosing to prepare their own food. We have created our training for those that would like to develop skills which range from dressing your own crab to filleting fish.