Dan The Fish Man

A grand day out on Lundy

Well, our trip to Lundy didn’t disappoint. It was a grand day out. And what a splendid crossing we enjoyed in the M S Oldenburg! Sailing to Lundy feels like a proper sea voyage, so make sure you try it. The weather throughout couldn’t have been kinder – very different from the last time I went in the Clovelly lifeboat. Conditions then were slightly more challenging, with the wind and waves breathtaking!

It was huge fun cooking up a seafood picnic on what is probably the most remote beach in Devon.

I’d like to thank the captain and crew of the Oldenburg, my team, and the staff on Lundy Island, for their enthusiasm and support. They helped make it a truly great day out.

I’m looking forward to a return trip next year.

An early start with ITV

I thought I got up early for my weekly markets. But work with TV people and you learn what an early start really is - 3.20am!

But it was well worth it. On Monday the 9th of June I spent the day filming with ITV at Appledore. I took the 2010 winner of Celebrity Masterchef, the charming actress Lisa Faulkner, out in a boat lobster fishing. She thoroughly enjoyed it. Afterwards we landed back at Appledore Quay where I’d set up my mobile kitchen and we barbecued the lobster she’d caught. It was mouthwatering. Finally, we filleted some great quality sustainable local pollock for her to take away to cook up in her holiday kitchen.

Watch this space to find out the broadcast date.

Lundy and cooking afloat on the Oldenburg

Tuesday the 17th of June will find me on the sea voyage to Lundy with my good friend the Western Morning News journalist Martin Hesp. I’ll be cooking lunch for the captain and crew of the Oldenburg. Delicious kippers with marmalade in baps for the crew, and tasty smoked trout from Exmoor for the captain and bridge.

When we get to the island Martin and I will head off to a secret beach to set up camp for a seafood picnic. Devon artist Rory Nugent will be there with his paints. Rory specialises in capturing the ever-changing light on sea, earth and sky. I’m honoured, he’s had his work exhibited at the South Bank Centre and the Royal Academy.

Martin and Rory, two great guys. It should prove a memorable day.

Street Food market in Plymouth

Here’s something I didn’t know. Plymouth is becoming a centre of food excellence. On Sunday the 1st of July I’ll be there, joining in to create a display of delicious street food, grilling my West Country lobsters.

So make sure you go along to the Royal William Yard Good Food Market. You’ll be able to taste some of the best local food and drink available in the South West, with over 30 stall holders from Devon and Cornwall showing their wares. It takes place between 10am and 3pm on the Green.

Dan’s Fish Lovers’ Lunch Club news

What a great day at Han Court on the 8th of June! Danny Ho and his family put on a superb show for 61 lucky Lunch Club diners. It was a seafood banquet par excellence, and one not to be forgotten. Thank you, Danny!

Incidentally, here’s a Fish Lovers’ Lunch Club date for your diary. In October I’ll be helping Bideford’s two talented French chefs from the Café du Parc to put together a menu for them to cook for our Lunch Club at their new restaurant. I’m also hoping to supply the fish from Appledore Fish Dock. They’re great guys and superb cooks, and I’m looking forward to it immensely.

I know it’s still the beginning of summer, but I’m sure you’ll want to know about our Fish Lovers’ Lunch Club Christmas treat. We’ve been invited back to Rick Stein’s in November. Book your place now so you’re not disappointed!

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