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Thousands of students get to taste British mussels for the first time this week. ‘Mussel Power’ is part of the Food Teacher’s Centre Fish In Schools Hero programme which aims to ensure that every child gets a chance to prepare, cook and eat fish before they leave school.

Through ‘Mussel Power’ 8000 students in 200 hundred schools across the country this week are cooking and tasting sensational freshly cooked dishes made with British mussels, such as Thai Style Mussel Broth, Tagliatelle Mussels, Seafood Pie, Mussel Fritters, Bacon and Mussel tart……

Our student chefs will be busy practising how to prepare and cook sustainable fresh fish, and they will be learning how mussels are rope-grown and harvested sustainably and provide key nutrients. Most of these students have never eaten mussels before.

“Can we order two tonnes of mussels please, and could you deliver them to 200 schools? We know that delivery might be quite tricky right now, but any chance?”

This was the request that Simon Gray (Simon Gray, Senior Associate, Food Teachers Centre UK) put to the fish industry.  He was overwhelmed with the positive response and ‘can do’ approach.

“Mussels are one of the most under-utilised shellfish in this country, so we are getting young people to try them in the safe, positive environment of their food and nutrition lessons.  This would not have been possible without the amazing industry partners offering to support this so that there is no cost to schools.  Schools are super excited and hugely grateful for Sarah’s generous gift and in awe of the logistical processing and delivery challenges navigated so expertly by Matt and Pat.  said Simon.

Offshore Shellfish kindly donated 2 tonnes of grade ‘A’ rope grown mussels especially for this initiative. Sarah Holmyard, Offshore Shellfish, Head of Sales and Marketing say’s

“We are delighted to support the Fish in School Heroes programme by supplying our mussels for thousands of school children to try. It is so important for children to have access to foods they may not otherwise try and be the next generation of seafood enthusiasts. Mussels are so quick and simple to cook, are great for you, and great for the environment so are perfect for the children to try”.

Fowey Shellfish have been instrumental in the whole process and have arranged timely collection of the mussels from Brixham, transporting them back to Fowey to be depurated overnight, and then packed to maintain the quality and safety of the produce, ready for the next stage of the journey to schools.

Pat Currah, Operations Manager at Fowey Shellfish say’s:

“We at Fowey Shellfish Company are so excited to be involved in the Fish Heroes project.  We encourage everyone to try shellfish and believe that introducing these delicious, healthy, easy to cook, and incredibly sustainable Mussels to Children within the learning environment of a School is an excellent basis for developing a lifelong love of cooking and eating shellfish. 

“We are honoured to be involved and are looking forward to seeing the dishes prepared.  The team and I are passionate about what we do and we therefore thank the Food Teachers Centre for seeking our involvement, and our Industry colleagues, Offshore Shellfish for supplying the beautiful Mussels, M&J Seafood for handling the delivery logistics and DFDS Logistics for providing nationwide delivery to two of M&J ‘s depots.”

M&J Seafood have taken on the massive logistical challenge to get the shellfish out to the 200 lucky schools across the country. M & J Seafood stepped up to the plate to distribute the mussels through their existing logistics’ network and out to individual schools nationwide.

Matt Orr, Operations manager at M&J Seafood say’s:

“The M & J team are passionate about seafood! We jumped at the chance to support this great initiative, using our network to deliver the mussels, which will inspire and educate the next generation of fish lovers!

We have a great working relationship with Offshore Shellfish and Fowey Mussels represent everything that M & J are proud to supply; British, fresh, sustainable and delicious!”

The Fish In Schools Hero programme continues to grow and further initiatives are planned over the next two years. If you would like to get involved and support the Food Teachers Centre to make a real measurable impact, please contact Simon

Further information and contact details

The FISH HERO programme is supported by:

  1. The Fish Mongers Company’s Charitable Trust and run by the Food Teachers Centre


Contact Simon.Gray@foodteacherscentre.co.uk

  1. Offshore Shellfish


  1. Fowey Shellfish


  1. M&J Seafood