Falmouth, Cornwall

Fish for Thought
When it comes to looking for an apt dose of fish inspiration,” Slow Fish”, is the final and fitting destination. Blessed with an opportunity to represent the United Kingdom as a “Slow Chef”, I was fortunate to visit Slow Fish in the port city of Genoa, a biennial event to debate, savor and glorify the “love of fish”. Falling upon my Bengali Indian upbringings and a Cornish way of earning a living out of preparing fish, it was a life changing opportunity for me to revive the interest in Cornish Sardines. Based upon a traditional Italian recipe of pairing Cured Cornish Sardines with spiced Polenta, I worked towards enticing the Italian contemporary palette in the light of an ancient fish trade route from Cornwall to Genoa. It is rather uncanny not to be motivated by the gastronomical experiences and the Italian Way of life. Paired with significantly positive words of Maria Damanaki (European Commissioner of fish) and a motivational Hug from Carlo Petrini (President Slow Food) and a lot of encouraging evidences from the scientific committees, I have certainly gathered a lot of good wind to the sail of my humble cause to make “Artisan landed Fish” to be the sustainable food for the future. Never before has fish been the boiling topic of so many dinner table conversations as the recent times. Earning a living out of presenting fish experiences to discerning Fish Lovers it is thus quiet a natural process to assume the responsibility of bringing “Cornish Fish Story” to Genoa at Slow Fish 2011. My mission to Slow Fish in Genoa was a rather daunting and simple one, “to revive the interest in Cornish fish”, in the perspective of modern eating habits and trends. While creating a taste adventure around Cornish Sardine, an icing on the cake was to meet and debate upon how European council policy can work towards sustaining artisan fishermen and their unique traditional techniques of catching the right fish using the most suitable and practical gears. No matter what the language you Christen “Fish” and the pleasures it delivers, around the world, we all agree upon the fact that with a little bit of “Concerned Citizenship” and “Frugal Gastronomy” we can savour the precious fruits of the sea, for generations to come. Despite the Jargon world of Quotas, Mesh sizes, juvenile fish catches and illegal fish landing, there is a silver lining that like the early golden years of Cornish fishing it tempts me to shout “Hevva Hevva”, the glory days of Cornish Fishing are around the corner.

www.sanjayskitchen.co.uk 31/05/2011

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