I have always had a fascination for seafood, the wonders of the sea and the food we catch from it; I can remember fishing as a boy and peeling shrimps with my grandmother to make the best sandwiches you can imagine.
In my early twenties I decided to open a fishmongers and from there I decided to cook, I had always loved cooking and I taught myself through the books of Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson and my travels, taste has always been my guide when cooking something. My first restaurant and fishmonger chain grew into 13 shops before I settled on the coast in a fishing port and opened The Seahorse & Rockfish restaurants.
I spend my time cooking at the Seahorse, traveling to eat seafood, writing and looking for venues to open new Rockfish restaurants as well as trying to constantly enthuse my staff about the seafood we serve. The South Coast of England is Britains Seafood coast and I believe the best fish in the world is landed here. I feel privileged to have access to this fish direct from the markets making sure we the best source fish, with sustainability & quality at the top of our daily buying.
Award winning food writer, restaurateur and fishmonger, Mitch Tonks can only be described as a seafood champion, recognised as one of the leading seafood chefs and restaurateurs in the UK. Mitch has 5 restaurants – The Spiny Lobster in Bristol and The Seahorse and RockFish (restaurants and take aways) in Dartmouth, Torquay and Plymouth and in Brixham (April 2015); he is ambassador for First Great Western trains and for Crew Clothing; has written 5 books, numerous TV shows and has opened the Mitch Tonks Seafood Academy at South Devon College. His 6th book written with chef, friend and business partner Mat Prowse, The Seahorse cookbook is out in June 2015.