Though an acclaimed restaurateur, chef and author, Mitch Tonks, most succinctly summed up, has a love of seafood and an insatiable desire to share that passion with others. His Dartmouth-based Seahorse restaurant won the Observer’s ‘Best UK Restaurant’ gong; his Rockfish takeaway restaurant chain has twice claimed ‘Best Independent Restaurant’ at the National Fish & Chip Awards. And his book ‘Fresh’ scooped ‘Best Fish Book’ at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Mitch’s desire for sharing wonderful food is in evidence across all the restaurants in his group, from his flagship Seahorse to Rockfishes in Dartmouth, Torquay, Plymouth and Brixham, and the Spiny Lobster in Bristol. When not running restaurants, travelling widely to experience the food of other countries and cultures, writing books or appearing on TV, he is a consultant for the menus on Great Western Railway’s Pullman trains and also to a number of national restaurants, including Hawksmoor in London. And he is committed to constantly giving back to the community, having embarked on an academy scheme to train new chefs in partnership with South Devon College. On matters of UK fishing, sustainability and supply, his is arguably one of the most erudite, passionate and credible voices out there.
Sustainability at Rockfish
Mitch Tonks visited a fishing fleet in Norway who supply Rockfish with their Cod & Haddock
A day in the life at Rockfish
A glimpse into the working of Rockfish Seafood restaurants
Rockfish Crab Festival
Held annually Mitch Tonks host a fantastic crab festival in Dartmouth
Video created for The Seahorse OFM awards presentation