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Fishmonger finally wins top fish craft title after 41 years competing

27 August 2013 by
Fishmonger finally wins top fish craft title after 41 years competing

A fishmonger has won the title of British Fish Craft Champion 2013 after 41 years of competing, having come second in the title 19 times.

Mike Crates, 55, who works at Ashton's in Cardiff and lives in Penarth, won the title on 25 August.

He said: "It's hard to believe after so many years of competing and coming so close, but it feels great. Every year I think, I'll give it one last shot, and now my ambition has been realised."

Crates's boss, Jonathan Adams, managing director of Ashton's and newly elected president of the National Federation of Fishmongers said he was delighted.

"Mike always gives it his all, he's been asked to be a judge so many times, but he loves competing, and giving it his best shot this year has really paid off," Adams said.

Crates beat top fishmongers from all over the UK, including entrants from major supermarkets such as Tesco and Morrisons, as well as competitors from independent fishmongers such as Wye Valley Smokery and Channel Fisheries.

Crates said he was considering sharpening his fish knives one more time and competing in 2014. "You never know," he said, "I might be on a lucky roll."

The 2013 event is the 61st British Fish Craft Championship, and is the fifth time that it has been held in Cardiff - forming part of the city's Harbour Festival.

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