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BIM Young Fishmonger 2017 Winner

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BIM Young Fishmonger 2017 Winner: Stephen Hurley: The Fish Shop, Glenmar Shellfish Ltd., Main St, Union Hall, Co Cork

Stephen Hurley, an employee at Glenmar Shellfish/The Fish Shop for the past 10 years, was recently crowned the winner of the BIM Young Fishmonger 2017. Stephen’s manager, Peter, having observed his unparalleled expertise and dedication over a decade of service, put him forward for the award. Stephen’s prize was 3-day course at the prestigious Rick Stein Cookery School in Padstow, an experience which allowed him to increase his expertise and further broaden his palate. The renowned establishment is no stranger to promoting rising talent itself as Jack Stein, middle son of celebrated chef Rick, has been appointed as executive chef of all five Stein Restaurants as well as overseeing the Padstow Seafood School.

Stephen lives overlooking Union Hall pier in West Cork and, as a young boy, he could always be found on the pier, taking an interest in the boats and he would be thrilled to see fresh prawns and plaice jumping in the boxes as the fishermen landed their daily catches. Stephen pursued his burgeoning interest as a teenager by becoming a crew man on a shrimp boat hauling shrimp pots every morning with his neighbour, so early morning starts began for him at a young age Stephen prides himself on stocking locally caught fish and shellfish in store. On any given day he has upwards of 25 different species of fish and shellfish. One of the most popular species is White Sole or Megrim which he is introducing more and more to customers as it a less well known fish even though it is available in abundance.

Stephen derives great pleasure and satisfaction from selling the best seafood to appreciative customers who reciprocate by returning for more.  He is in a unique position as he is on first name terms with the skippers and crews, and can tell a customer exactly where their fish was caught and by who.

In addition to his sporting prowess with Castlehaven football team, Stephen is a volunteer crew member of the recently formed Union Hall Lifeboat Station and trained at the RNLI training College in Poole in Dorset UK.

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