KOCHI:The city, a bustling hub of sea food exports, will soon witness the launch of ‘School of fish,’ an institute conceived by Abad Fisheries to provide short term courses in fish handling and processing aimed at seafood lovers and professionals.
Speaking at a press conference here on Tuesday, Anwar Hashim, managing director of Abad Fisheries, said that ‘School of fish’ will be the first such institute to be promoted by Seafood company in the county. The school will offer short term courses in collaboration with UK based Billingsgate Seafood Training School of Fishmongers’ Company. The courses will be tailored for home makers, professional chefs, hobby chefs, students and fishermen, etc, and the course duration will vary from a day to two weeks or more as per the curriculum, he added.
A non-profit initiative under the corporate social responsibility programme of the company, the school will introduce modern equipment and teach the latest technology adopted by the developed countries for fishing. This will enhance skills of our fishermen in handling and processing of fish, said Feroz Javed, director of Abad Fisheries. The school will be opened at Mattanchery in October this year.
The syllabus will include basic lessons in selection of sea food, cutting, cleaning, preparation and preservation techniques. There will be seafood appreciation programs and employability enhancement programs for students. Professional courses will cover the topics such as cooking, filleting, cutting, processing, sales and marketing, preservation and quality management.
C P Leftwich MCIEH, DMS, chief inspector, Peter Woodward, Stephen Pini, executive head chef to the Fishmongers’ Company and Felix KA, adviser of Abad Fisheries also spoke at the press conference.