Welcome to my new official landing page directed from The Seafood School at Billingsgate.
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.

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 Christmas
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
Available Dates:
Saturday 14th January 2023
Saturday 4th February 2023
Saturday 11th March 2023

Saturday's Catch
8.30am - 1pm

(Hands on fish prep, no cooking)
Prepare a couple of fish and watch a short demo for a tasting lunch

Price: £100

Available Dates:
Saturday 28th January 2023
Saturday 11th February 2023
Saturday 25th March 2023

Mastering the Art
8.30am - 2.30pm

(Preparing fish & cooking)
Prepare fish and a couple of dishes to take away.

Price: £150

Available Dates:
Saturday 7th January 2023
Saturday 18th February 2023
Saturday 18th March 2023

Hook, Line & Sinker 
8.30am - 2.00pm 

(No cooking)
Hone in on your knife skills and prepare 4 species of fish.

Price: £150

Available Dates:
Saturday 14th January 2023
Saturday 4th February 2023
Saturday 1st April 2023

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:
Sat.17th Dec 2022 (flat fish prep) Sat.21st Jan 2023 (bass/bream prep) Sat.25th Feb 2023 (squid/cuttlefish)

'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:
Saturday 26th November 2022
Saturday 28th January 2023

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:
Sat 3rd Dec. 2022

Festive 3 Bird Roast  

Boning a duck, stuffing with chicken, partridge, forcemeat and brandied apricots. Roll, tie and take away with full instructions on freezing, defrosting and roasting especially for Xmas or the New Year!

At the end of the morning Gary will cover tips on carving (he will carve a shoulder of lamb for you to taste and importantly how to keep your knife in tip top condition!)


Weekdays Classes
Available Dates:
Fri 20th Jan 2023 - Level 1
Fri 17th Feb 2023 - Level 2
Fri 17th Mar 2023 - Level 3

Gut, Shuck & Fillet
(Knife Skills Courses)

6am - 1.30pm 

Level 1 - Working with different species of fish and shellfish - The Basics.

Level 2 - Working with different species of fish and shellfish - Intermediate

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

Price: £175

Available Dates:
Fri 18th Nov 2022 (sold out)
Friday 2nd December 2022
Friday 13th January 2023
Friday 3rd March 2023
Friday 24th March 2023

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 25th November 2022
Thursday 22nd December 2022
Friday 6th January 2023
Friday 10th February 2023
Friday 10th March 2023

Morning Catch
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

Available Dates:
Thursday 13th October 2022

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: £150

Available Dates:
Friday 3rd February 2023

Shellfish Workshop
6am - 12pm 

We look for a big range of shellfish from Crustacean and Native and American lobsters - through to cuttlefish and squid to molluscs - whelks and winkles and discuss each, prepare, cook and taste… and you take away a selection to finish at home.

Price: £185

Available Dates:
Friday 6th Jan 2023
Create - Torched Bass with Cured Cucumber and Kombucha Dressing

Friday 3rd Feb 2023
Create - Creamy Chilli Crab Chowder

Friday 3rd Mar 2023
Create - Green Tea marinated Salmon with home-made saffron pasta noodles

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

Consider bringing your guests or team down to have an entertaining or competitive session at the market: Early morning to see the marker 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 23rd January to Friday 27th January 2023.

For more info please contact me at cJ@kentseafood.com

Looking forward to seeing & hearing from you.


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