The festival season is here

It was the 28th August and at the Belgian Grand Prix from Spa, Martin Brundle was reporting from the starting grid and it was just about to rain. He bumped into Eric Clapton, as you do, and asked him who he thought had the best chances of winning. He responded that it would be the driver who had best feel of the car in his hands. I imagine Eric Clapton puts his genius and guitar skills down to the feeling that runs down his arms to his fingers. In fact the same is true for most people that have a skill that marks them as out of the ordinary. This is what can be said about 27 year old David Preest, who Severn & Wye Smokery plucked off the streets of Gloucester at the tender age of sixteen . You can teach people filleting skills but David learned quickly and a knife in his hands put him in the expert category. David only works for us part time now but Richard decided to enter him in the British Fish Craft Championships held at Cardiff Bay this year. This competition is open to fishmongers from all over the country as well as the major supermarkets such as Tesco and Morrisons and major wholesalers like M&J Seafood who encourage their best staff to enter. With over fifty contestants David came 1st in one category and 4th in two others. Richard thinks David is one of the most talented fish filleters he has seen and entered him primarily to gain experience but we are now really excited about his prospects in next year’s competition. If any customer would like to send any of their kitchen staff to improve their knife filleting skills we are not promising medals or trophies but precision fish filleting is a useful kitchen skill to have.