Shambles Market fishmonger is new NFF president

Shambles Market fishmonger Andrew KennyShambles Market fishmonger Andrew Kenny, a long-standing trader at York’s city centre market, has been named the new president of the National Federation of Fishmongers (NFF) – the UK’s largest trade federation for fishmongers and associated trades. Part of Andrew’s mission will be to help ensure the nation continues to eat more fish.

Andrew was elected president of the official body representing the retail sector of the fish industry at the NFF’s annual general meeting on Monday 1 February at the historic Fishmongers’ Hall in London. The Federation was formed in 1932 to protect and further the interests of the fishmongers and currently represents 50 per cent of independent fishmongers.

Andrew Kenny said: “Fishmongers across the country pride themselves on giving the very best advice to their customers and we’re delighted to see more and more interest in how to cook fish. A healthy diet should include at least two portions of fish a week, including one of oily fish, and while fish consumption is increasing, most of the UK population isn’t eating this much. My aim, supported by fishmongers across the country, will be to make sure that fish is on the top of the nation’s shopping list.”

Andrew continued: “It is a great honour to be elected president of the National Federation of Fishmongers and I look forward to furthering the interests of fishmongers and our industry. It is a greatly evolving industry with many new challenges ahead but we’ve got plenty to be confident about. I am excited about the development of a new fishmonger apprenticeship, as part of the government’s Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme, and I am also looking forward to welcoming NFF members to York in May of this year for the next council meeting and President’s Banquet at the Marriot York Hotel.”

As part of his role as president, Andrew will also help oversee the popular annual British Fish Craft Championships during the August Bank Holiday Weekend, where the best UK fish craftsmen demonstrate their skills in a range of exciting competitions.

Andrew runs Cross of York’s fish stall in Shambles Market, a historic and vibrant market in the centre of the York, and has worked at the family-owned business for 33 years. Cross of York prides itself on responsible and sustainable sourcing, with fish arriving fresh daily (Tuesday to Saturday) from Scarborough, Whitby, Scotland and the South West coast.

Andrew’s parents were the first to open a stall on York’s Newgate Market, as Shambles Market was then called, in 1956 and his grandfather worked on a stall at the fish market in York’s St Sampson’s Square. His great grandfather was a fisherman in Flamborough on the North Yorkshire coast.