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Lorenzo, 19, is hooked on a promising career

Lorenzo Collett hopes to become a Master Fishmonger Photo: ITV Meridian

A teenager from Sussex, with a passion for cooking seafood and preparing freshly caught fish, is set to test his skills against some of the nation's top fishmongers.

Lorenzo Collett, who began his career at the age of 14, has been nominated for a prize that celebrates the talents of promising young fishmongers.

Lorenzo at work preparing some fresh fish Credit: ITV Meridian

The 19-year-old, who started out as an apprentice in a fish shop in Hayward's Heath, is up for an award managed by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers.

The group, who monitor standards within the fish selling industry, have been in existence for more than 700 years.

Individuals nominated for their prize will be tested on their skills and knowledge of the fishmonger trade.

Lorenzo, who started as a trainee at The Fresh Fish Shop, has worked his way up to shop manager.

Such is the level of his dedication to teaching people how to prepare fish, he's now angling to be crowned a Master Fishmonger

"The fish is so diverse. You look at a wolffish you can roast that whole, you can stick it straight in the oven, plenty of herbs, absolutely gorgeous if you cook it on the bone."

– Lorenzo Collett, Fishmonger.
Fish for sale in Hayward's Heath Credit: ITV Meridian

Sebastian Calendon, who runs The Fresh Fish Shop, met Lorenzo when he was 12. He believes the teenager is "one of a kind".

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