FISHMONGER Jonny Jenkins has proved he is a dab hand at preparing fish by placing in the piscine equivalent of the Olympics.

Mr Jenkins, 37, from Abergavenny won third place in the British Fish Craft Championships 2012 and scooped the Tesco Sustainability Challenge cup for the second year running.

His fish gutting skills were put to the test in the Tesco Cup when he had to prepare a hake, and megrim sole in a variety of ways, butterfly fillet three Cornish mackerel, clean and prepare an octopus as well as clean and prepare a cuttle fish, all in twelve minutes.

Mr Jenkins who works for Vin Sullivan Foods in Blaenavon and his fellow fishmongers were judged on their speed and skill in preparing the fish, as well as their expertise in creating a fine presentation.

Mr Jenkins had to compete against 60 competitors from all over the UK.

He described the competition day as very long.

He said: “Weall go in to win, it just depends on how it goes on the day.

“The best part for me was winning the Tesco Sustainability Challenge cup for the second year as nobody else has that cup at the moment.”

John Sullivan MD of Sullivan food, is delighted with Mr Jenkins’ success and said: “Jonny always puts on a good showat this event, and another of our fishmongers, Scott Bright, was also placed in a number of competitions.”