Fish & Shellfish Cookery


Sat 1st March 2025Sat 1st March 2025

Please note that this course will be taking place at our new venue in Chudleigh, TQ13 0AA.

technical knowledge is required, skilled and cautious cooks will both gain from this course.

This course is designed to give you the knowledge and confidence to cook a range of dishes using fish and shellfish. We will teach you how to fillet and prepare round fish like Mackerel or Sea Bass and flat fish such as Plaice or Brill. We will also show you how to prepare Mussels, Prawns and Crab before letting you create a range of dishes using those ingredients. 

We will show you what to look for in terms of quality and seasonality when purchasing seafood and we will teach you how to utilise every product to the full by making bisque and stocks with the trimmings and shells.

We will explore a range of cooking styles from pan frying, en papilotte (baked wrapped in paper), steaming, grilling and poaching as well as curing and pickling.

Our style is professional but fun and open, we want you to leave us with a sense of pride in what you have produced. You be made to feel comfortable to ask any questions, there is no such thing as a silly question and if you feel you need to ask there is usually someone else in the room thinking the same thing!

The day will be full of top tips and chef’s secrets to give you confidence and make life in the kitchen a lot easier.

If this is a gift a physical voucher can be purchased for first class post here or second class post here.

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If you are unavailable to attend listed dates and would like to be added to a waiting list for future events, please email us and we will let you know when new dates are added.


Schedule of the day 

9:30  Arrival and introductions.

Filleting demo, round and flat fish, filleting, pin boning and skinning. Stock making.


Guests fillet their own fish and prepare them for cooking and make their own fish stock.






Demonstrate preparation of brown crab and king prawns including making a bisque.




Guests return to their benches and make a range of dishes using the fish and shellfish they have prepped.

15:30 Guests sit down and share their creations.

Recap, questions and answers, depart until next time.


Sample dishes that guests may create:

Bouillabaisse with garlic croutons and rouille
Coconut crusted brill with herb summer roll and scrumpy chilli relish
Blackened mackerel, apple and celeriac remoulade with chimichurri dressing
Plaice fillet en papilotte with Asian greens and soy and miso dressing
Mackerel and pink grapefruit ceviche with roast peppers and mango salsa
Clam and fish chowder
Squid ink prawn ravioli with fennel buerre blanc
Crab cakes with tomato, coriander and charred corn salsa
Paupiettes of plaice with chicken veloute and chestnut mushrooms
Kerala crab curry, mustard seed and curry leave pilaf. Coriander and mint chutney

Go home, confident and proud with the skills and experience to make dozens of different variants of these recipes from scratch using the principles and building blocks you have learnt today.

Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book this course. We will aim to accommodate.



“Colin is so knowledgeable and a real inspiration.” J Crimmins, Facebook

“Myself and my son really enjoyed it and highly recommend it for something that wee bit different” Rachel B, Trip Advisor

Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Lesley Palmer
Super day of learning and tasting

I had a thoroughly enjoyable day at Ground Up doing the Fish & Shellfish class. Impressive facilities and Colin a knowledgeable and encouraging chef/teacher. I learned so much - the fish and crab stocks were a revelation. Great mix of demonstrations and practical with lots of tastings. I am inspired to try all the recipes at home, even having a go at curing. Way exceeded expectations.

Thank you for such a lovely review. We hope to see you again soon,

New possibilities with fish and seafood!

Such a fun filled, exciting day! It was packed with learning whilst still being delivered in a relaxing and informal style. Colin's knowledge is extensive, and his enthusiasm for sustainability is infectious. I was impressed that there were recipes and a document of helpful tips to take away, giving everyone the opportunity to recreate course recipes using the new and improved techniques we learnt. My expectations of the day were surpassed and I already can't wait to return!

Thank you so much for your kind review. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Now feeling confident with Fish

Really enjoyed this course. Colin was great really knowledgeable and interesting. He had time for us all and plenty of patience! Course went through all the basic techniques you would need for fish & shellfish. Plus lots of great recipes. All set to cook some delicious recipes. Thank you

Thank you for taking the time to review. It was great to meet you.

Fish & Shellfish not scary anymore 😀

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It went through all the basic techniques you need with expert tuition from Colin who is a fountain of knowledge. I’ve come away with recipes I can confidently cook. Thank you.

Thank you for your lovely review, we are glad you had a great day. It was a lovely group.

Expectations were exceeded!

This was a great experience and thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting to learn about Fish and Shellfish. Expertly demonstrated by Colin and a mine of information. Well done

Thank you for taking the time to leave this lovely review, we are really pleased that you enjoyed the day.