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Fish Butchery Essentials
New Amsterdam Market School
New York, NY
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Fish Butchery Essentials
Dive into the world of fish butchery in this interactive class.  The skills you'll learn will allow you to buy whole fish from the market instead of pre-cut fillets and portions.  Cooking with whole fish is not only fresher and better tasting, but is also more sustainable.

Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice fish butchery on high-quality fish that we will provide from Pierless Fish, a Brooklyn based fish provider which many of the top NYC restaurants source from.  Participants will be able to bring home their cut fish fillets to show off to friends.

We will be butchering round fish from start to finish.  These serve as a useful template for most of the fish found at markets.

Each student will have 2 fish to practice with; this is a hands on class.  
We will cover the following topics:
gutting, cleaning, and de-scaling
removing the skin
removing bones and forming appropriate portions

We will also discuss how to select fish at the market, cooking techniques, brining, utilizing heads and skeletons for stock, and more.  The instructor will demonstrate how to butcher flat fish, as well.

General $60 - Admission to class
General Plus $70 - Admission to class and $10 proceed to New Amsterdam Market 501 (c) 3

CHEF WILL GRIFFIN is a professional cook in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He has cooked in restaurants in Connecticut, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. He has lived and worked in Paris, France, as well as on a heritage breed pig farm in the Gers. He grew up on Bainbridge Island, WA and studied literature at Yale University, where he learned to cook as a way of procrastinating on his thesis. He believes that good food is an imminent reality for all New Yorkers.

LOCAL ROOTS NYC's mission is making local food accessible to its members at a reasonable cost, as well as promoting seasonal eating and supporting local farms. Local Roots NYC offers a unique CSA program along with cooking classes and a bi-monthly supper club, based around local, farm-fresh food. Unlike other CSAs, Local Roots CSA offers members 12 week programs in three seasons, summer, fall, and winter as opposed to the traditional 24 weeks, and partners with local farmers to offer more diverse food options such as vegetable, fruit, meat, cheese, egg, milk, bread, grain, and an artisanal Brooklyn share.

NEW AMSTERDAM MARKET is a nonprofit regional economic development organization, whose aim is to revive the East River Market District in Lower Manhattan. The market is held every Sunday from April through December and brings our region's pioneering farmers, food producers and purveyors to the Fulton Fish Market on South Street, Lower Manhattan, in New York's oldest neighborhood - a site of public markets since 1642. New Amsterdam Market mission is to revive the old Fulton Fish Market as a year round regional food market and as a hub to foster and support small food businesses, cultural exchange and public education.


New Amsterdam Market School (View)
224 Front Street
New York, NY 10038
United States



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