The Fishing News Awards took place recently on 8 May in Aberdeen and our charity partner for the awards evening was once again the Fishermen’s Mission, in recognition of the invaluable work they do around our coasts.

At the end of the evening, table donations were counted up, and the grand total of £2,230 was presented to Marc Evans, chief executive of the Mission.

Marc Evans was then asked to draw the names of the winners in the evening’s raffle. The prize of a night’s accommodation and breakfast for two, generously donated by The Chester Hotel, was won by SFF chief executive Elspeth Macdonald.

Elspeth Macdonald was the winner of a night’s accommodation at The Chester Hotel, presented by Mission chief executive Marc Evans.

The winner of a bottle of Ardbeg was Sharon Brechelt of Sea Flux, while Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jim Cowie made a return visit to the stage to collect the prize of two just-published books, Ashley Mullenger’s My Fishing Life: A Story of the Sea and Jenny Jeffries’ Islands in a Common Sea.

FNA gourmet menu showcases top-quality Scottish seafood

Seafood Scotland provided the rich variety of quality seafood for the evening’s meal at the Fishing News Awards, and worked closely with Chris Gray, head chef at The Chester Hotel, to create the bespoke menu.

The starter featured hand-dived scallops with a langoustine, pancetta, pea and broad bean bisque.

The starter showcased hand-dived scallops and langoustines…

This was followed by a main course of spiced monkfish tail cooked on the bone, with lentil dhal, makani sauce, naan bread, pilaf rice and pomegranate. The meal was rounded off with a Valrhona chocolate delice with Barra raspberries and hot chocolate espuma.

Matthew Hurst, Seafood Scotland’s head of trade marketing for the Americas and Nephrops programme manager, said: “Seafood Scotland was delighted to attend a fantastic evening at The Chester for the Fishing News Awards. It was our great privilege to provide the stunning Scottish seafood for the meal.”

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