Welcome to my official landing page directed from The Seafood School at Billingsgate which is now closed.
For the last 20 years I have been creating classes and delivering a large programme of courses for chefs,
caterers, catering students and members of the public to showcase all that Billingsgate has to offer.
My previous training experience include teaching at Leiths School as Vice Principal and Cordon Bleu.
All courses are delivered at the Billingsgate Market.

Seafood Scotland Fishmonger Masterclass - Round Fish

A Masterclass with CJ

I’m taking up the reigns again and will be delivering great new seafood cooking courses.

Seafood Classes for Everyone!

‘Gift Certificates available for all occasions.
Choose a course and buy as a gift for a friend’

If you'd like to know more about the courses please email me on

Saturday Classes

Saturday's Catch
8.30am - 1pm

(Hands on fish prep, no cooking)
Prepare a couple of fish and participate in a demo cooking other fish for a tasting lunch.

Price: £100

Available Dates:
Sat 25th November 2023
Sat 9th December 2023
Sat 20th January 2024
Sat 23rd March 2024
Sat 27th April 2024
Sat 1st June 2024

Mastering the Art
8.30am - 2.30pm

(Preparing fish & cooking)
Prepare some fish and shellfish and create a couple of dishes to take away. Participate in a demo to cook other fish for lunch.

Price: £150

Available Dates:
Saturday 2nd December 2023 fully booked
Saturday 16th December 2023
Saturday 27th January 2024
Saturday 24th February 2024
Saturday 6th April 2024
Saturday 4th May 2024

Hook, Line & Sinker 
8.30am - 2.00pm 

(No cooking)
Hone your knife skills and prepare 4-5 species of fish to take away. We cook you some fish for a light lunch.

Price: £150

Available Dates:
Saturday 13th January 2024
Saturday 3rd February 2024
Saturday 20th April 2024
Saturday 18th May 2024
Saturday 8th June 2024

Shellfish Catch
8.30am - 1.30pm 

(Shellfish prep & cooking)
Prepare a handful of different shellfish to take away and help create a seafood platter for everyone to enjoy for lunch. You will learn how to choose, store, prepare, cook and serve.

Price: £120

Available Dates:
Saturday 25th November 2023
Saturday 9th December 2023
Saturday 20th January 2024
Saturday 10th February 2024
Saturday 23rd March 2024
Saturday 27th April 2024
Saturday 1st June 2024

'Learn the Basics' 

Join us for a 90 minute course from 9am until 10.30am to learn how to prepare a of the best fish of the week (seasonal and best quality)and take it home to cook for supper. Recipe ideas will be provided.


Available Dates:
Sat.16th Dec 2023 (prep xmas Gravadlax and making salmon noisettes from a whole fish)

Sat.27th Jan 2024 (bass/bream)
Sat.24th Feb 2024 (sole to pocket)
Sat.2nd Mar 2024 (scallops galore)
Sat.6th Apr 2024 (monkfish tail - skin, fillet and marinade)
Sat.4th May 2024 (whiting - fillet)

Game Larder Day 

Working with a number of species prepare some of the seasonal game to take away and we will cook you a couple of dishes to taste for lunch. You will have lots of time with Gary to discuss the best way to cook your game.


Available Dates:
Sunday 26th November 2023


Making The Most of Meat 

Join Gary to learn the tricks of the trade, to cut half a lamb into shoulder, leg, b.e.n, various chips and cutlets, neck and trimmings (make plenty of room in your freezer as you will be taking all of this home with you).
Gary will also demonstrate boning a butterfly leg and shoulder into 'en ballon'.

(includes your lamb to take away)

Available Dates:
Sat 16th Mar 2024
(Lamb cutting day)
Getting ready for your Easter roast.

Making The Most of Meat 

Choose the best lamb, beef and pork and Gary will show you how to cut for daubes, stews and pot roasts.

(includes meat to take away)

Available Dates:
Sat 6th January 2024
(Cheap cuts)
Weekdays Classes

Gut, Shuck & Fillet
(Knife Skills Courses)

6am - 1.30pm 

Level 1 - Working with small, flat and round fish. Covering gutting, skinning, filleting and shuck oysters.

Level 2 - Work with larger fish, fillet and portion. Dress a crab.

(No cooking)
Enjoy a market visit, breakfast and spend the morning preparing some fish and shellfish to take home.

Price: £175

Available Dates:
Fri 8th Dec 2023 - Level 1&2
Fri 19th Jan 2024 - Level 1&2
Fri 1st March 2024 - Level 1&2
Fri 10th May 2024 - Level 1&2
Fri 19th Apr 2024 - Level 1&2
Fri 7th June 2024 - Level 1&2

Catch of the Day
6am - 2pm 

Includes an escorted market visit, breakfast and a morning spent cutting and preparing fish and a couple of dishes to take away. I'll also prepare a number of dishes to include as a tasting lunch.

Price: £185

Available Dates:
Friday 24th November 2023
Friday 1st December 2023
Friday 26th January 2024
Friday 16th February 2024
Friday 5th April 2024
Friday 24th May 2024
Friday 21st June 2024

Morning Catch or
Early Morning Market Visit
6am - 9am 

(No cooking)
Enjoy a market visit and buy a fish of your choice to prepare in the class. You can buy lots of other fish to take home - there is no limit. Cutting session preparing your own fish after breakfast. Lots of tips and tricks from your trainer to enable you to prepare and cook your fish at home with confidence.

Price: £60
If you don't wish to buy fish but just have a walk around the market and join us for breakfast, the price will be £40

Available Dates:
Friday 21st December 2023
Friday 22nd Dec 2023
(Xmas Shopping)

Friday 12th January 2024 Friday 16th February 2024
Friday 1st March 2024
Friday 19th April 2024
(buying for easter)

Friday 7th June 2024

Seasonal Workshop
6am - 12pm 

(Prep with a little cooking)
Join a market visit to view the best of the day. We choose 3 seasonal species to prepare for you to take away. You will smoke you own mackerel for a Kedgeree breakfast. I will prepare a couple of dishes for you to taste.

Price: £160

Available Dates:
Friday 2nd February 2024 Friday 12th April 2024
Friday 28th June 2024

Shellfish Workshop
6am - 12pm 

During the market visit we will choose a range of shellfish. Crustacea: langoustines, shrimp, prawn, and crab, Native and American lobsters. Molluscs: clams, mussels, whelks, winkles, cuttlefish, squid and octopus. After breakfast we will prepare, cook and taste our bounty of the day and you will take away a selection including your own dressed crab.

Price: £185

Available Dates:
Friday 9th February 2024 Friday 31st May 2024
Friday 5th July 2024

Evening Classes
7pm - 9pm 

Come along for an informal evening to gain confidence in cooking more fish or shellfish at home. We talk to you about the fish and what to choose and you make the dish to tuck into for supper.

Price: £55pp or £100 for 2

Available Dates:
Friday 19th January 2024
- Hake(chorizo saffron and butter bean stew)
Friday 9th Febuary 2024
- Chinese steamboat to celebrate the Chinese New Year

Quarter 1 dates to be announced.

Smoking and Curing
8.30am - 2.00pm 

Using the freshest market fish, you will prepare the best of the week and learn the principles behind curing and preserving (you will make your own gravadlax to take away. We will hot smoke fish for lunch and cold smoke bass to take home.

Price: £165

Available Dates:
Saturday 6th January 2024 Good Friday 29th March 2024

Consider bringing your guests or team down to have an entertaining or competitive session at the market: Early morning to see the market in operation and smoke your own fish for a quick breakfast. Lunchtime to make Seafood Fajitas for lunch Afternoon or evening class to cook a meal (vegetarian's catered for too) to sit and enjoy as a team.

We will be delivering our 5 day course for industry professionals who need to gain a certificate in food ID and quality assessment.
Monday 11th to Friday 15th December 2023.
Please contact me for future dates (likely to be in Spring 2024).
For more info please contact me at cj@kentseafood.com
Looking forward to seeing & hearing from you.


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