You are here

Fish Cooking Classes with William Black

William Black, celebrated chef, author of "The Land that Thyme Forgot" and featured on the award-winning TV Series, Matters of Taste, flew in to Ibiza to teach us about fish.

By Spotlight

William Black, chef and author of a range of books (including “The Land That Thyme Forgot”) first made his name with a book that introduced some fabulous fish recipes whilst writing consciously about sustainability. You might also recognise him from the award-winning TV series Matters of Taste. With over a quarter of a century specialising in fish, he arrived on Ibiza in May to conduct a Fish Cooking class.

Ibiza Spotlight Fish Cooking William Black

So it was that at 10am one bright sunny morning I found myself in the village of Sant Joan, at the newly opened (and frankly, super!) fish shop.  
William was delightfully informative, talking the class through the attributes of all the fish on offer.
Not without some good humour, he teased us with Monkfish teeth (vicious looking!) and taught us how to avoid poisoning ourselves when handling Scorpion fish – a twinkle in his eye as a few of us may have squirmed.

In keeping with his own background and passion, he offered easy guidelines on how to recognise the freshness of the produce on offer and the sustainability of the various breeds (I had no idea that Mediterranean Tuna was at risk!)
With his easy confidence, he then helped the class to choose their fish for the days cooking.

Ibiza Spotlight Fish Cooking William Black

Travelling to the beautiful villa Can Amonita (San Lorenzo), the relaxed but educational (and often entertaining) instruction continued, with William showing us all how to prepare the fish (and squid) that had been purchased, eliciting more than a few ‘wow’s from us all in the process.

Effortlessly preparing a fish soup before moving on to deal with monkfish and squid our attention was absolute.  It is perhaps here that I should admit that I enjoy fish dishes enormously but have never had the courage to consider buying fresh fish and preparing it. Indeed I wouldn’t have known where to start but within the course of the day, those former fears evaporated. It was extremely empowering to learn how to select fish and what on earth to do with it afterwards.

Of course, the proof is the eating (or that’s my excuse and I am sticking to it!) and within just a few short hours, we found ourselves sitting down to lunch and enjoying the mornings efforts, starting first with the fabulous fish soup, followed by BBQ’ed monkfish, cuttlefish and fresh squid – all included in the price of the days course.

Ibiza Spotlight Fish Cooking William Black

William will be returning to Ibiza in October to conduct the next course and if interested, I’d book early as places are limited but the day is highly recommended!

I in the meantime, shall be showing off my new fish preparing knowledge at every available opportunity.

For further information and to book your place in October, contact Ammonite Arte directly.


Related content

Ibiza Spotlight Magazine: Issue 063 out now!
A new week and a new issue of our weekly digital magazine, highlighting the best of the island from...
Season preview: Ibiza 2016
All you need to know about the upcoming season.
Top 10 Ibiza myths debunked
You know nothing, naysayers.
Ibiza Spotlight Magazine: Issue 046 out now
All the best bits from the last week of Ibiza goodness.
Ibiza Spotlight Clubbing Internship 2016
The summer of your life awaits you.
Clubbing Editor full time position available at Ibiza Spotlight
An opportunity to join the island's best and longest serving website.

Latest news

Rock n roll, almond blossoms and lime ovens


Winter sun, sea and sangria


Stay right next to one of Ibiza's original party places


Thousands of clubbers from across the globe will descend on Amsterdam for the festival's 22nd e

4 days ago

The FUSE co-founder will be digging deep for a nine-hour session

5 days ago

An official statement was released this morning after news of the closure broke

5 days ago

Wine, storms and DC-10 New Year's Day

5 days ago

Ibiza embraces fine Andalusian musical art

6 days ago