A Bedford fishmonger is in the running for the Young Fishmonger Awards 2019.
George Hooper, 23, of GCH Fishmongers on Newnham Street, Bedford is one of the three finalists hoping to be crowned Young Fishmonger of the Year on 3 June.
The event rewards young people who have made an outstanding contribution to the fishmonger trade and it is the second year that George has featured among the finalists.
Combining technical knowledge with passion for the industry and commitment to sustainable and responsible sourcing, applicants must demonstrate both their knife skills and their support for the trade.
The award recognises that both seafood preparation and customer service skills are key to high quality fishmongering. The Young Fishmonger Award is open to all fishmongers under the age of 25 who are employed within the sector.
George and his dad, Gary, set up GCH Fishmongers in Bedford in 2015 and the business has gone from strength to strength. Gary is a former president of the National Federation of Fishmongers and is a certified Master Fishmonger.
George was the youngest winner of the Fish Craftsman of the Year competition in 2015 when he was just 19.
Said Gary: “This is a new award, sponsored and developed by The Fishmongers’ Company, one of the 12 great livery companies of the City of London.
“It is fantastic that George has made the shortlist and we are all delighted; it will be great to add another award to our collection.
“He is being recognised in June as a Craft Fishmonger by the Fishmongers’ Company and this will sit firmly alongside my own award in June 2018 of Master Fishmonger awarded by HRH The Princess Royal!”
GCH Fishmongers is among Bedford’s thriving community of independent businesses and supplies fish to numerous local independent cafes and restaurants.
If you would like to cast your vote for George, please visit the website.
Your votes, alongside the votes of the panel of Master Fishmongers, will decide who is crowned Young Fishmonger of the Year at the historic Fishmongers’ Hall, home of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, on 3 June.