Superstar chef Gordon Ramsay walks a fine line from being a hard-ass, know-it-all culinary bully, to possibly being the nicest man in the food industry.
Regardless of what you think of him, Ramsay knows his stuff and takes the time to inform his audience about how to properly shop, cook and eat like a professional.
This time Ramsay shares his guide to buying fish and it’s actually very useful. Check out his tips below.
The most interesting part of the video is the dialogue from connoisseur fish expert Roger Kent-Barton, a vendor inside London’s Billingsgate Market for more than 50 years, who Ramsay credits for, “always getting the freshest and the best,” when it comes to fish.
“I love fish,” Barton exclaimed with passion. “I could feed you a different fish 365 days a year.”
“Old fish smells different,” he said. “the longer it’s around the more fishy it will smell,” Barton said. “When it’s lovely and fresh, it doesn’t smell.”
Among other things, Barton suggests that when considering a fish to purchase, be sure to “get your nose right in it and smell it,” and not to be shy when it comes to truly knowing your fish.
Both Ramsay and Barton seem to be impressed with salmon, and enjoy a whole salmon steamed or stuffed, salmon fillets grilled or fried, or smoked salmon which Ramsay says he, “loves with his scrambled eggs.”
When it comes to buying fish — or anything thing — you want to make sure you’re getting the best quality for the best price. If that means getting a little more familiar with your fish before you buy, so be it.
Thanks, Ramsay. This is definitely useful advice.