Yesterday at a ceremony at Fishmongers Hall in the City of London Walter Purkis was awarded The Master Fishmonger Standard. This prestigious award has been developed by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers (The Fishmongers’ Company) and was presented by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne. Walter is one of only ten fishmongers in Great Britain to be awarded The Master Fishmonger Standard to date.

Recognising achievement across all levels, these Fishmonger Standards provide a system of nationally-recognised grades which reflect levels of attainment within the fishmonger profession. By rewarding excellent practice across the trade, the Standard looks to encourage and enable a high standard of skill and the growth of knowledge about the seafood industry. As a truly independent organisation, the Fishmongers’ Company governs the Standard, with training and assessment provided by the Company-approved regional delivery centres and assessors.

About The Master Fishmonger Standard

This is how the Fishmongers Company describe the Master Fishmonger award:

From sea to plate, Master Fishmongers demonstrate excellence in, and dedication to, their field of work within the seafood industry. As a purveyor of the finest quality seafood, their practical skills know no boundaries and they do business with integrity, standing by their principles of exemplary customer service. Over the years, they have built strong relationships to ensure the highest quality standards and have helped to influence and improve practices across the supply chain.

Achievement of the MFS Master Fishmonger accolade is significant, reserved for only the finest of fishmongers. It demonstrates their broad and balanced experiences within the industry, it celebrates their successes as a steward of the sea, and commends their continued commitment to the trade. It is an award that comes with great prestige and honour, as well as responsibility.

You can see more about the award here >>

About The Fishmongers Company

The Fishmongers’ Company is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London, and among the most ancient of the City Guilds.

For over 700 years, as well as fostering the fellowship among our members, the Company has upheld standards in the trading of fish and shellfish and supported the fishing and aquaculture industry.

Today, the Company’s overall aim is to promote a healthy, prosperous and sustainable fish and fisheries sector for the long-term benefit of the United Kingdom.

You can find out more about the Fishmongers Company on their website here >>