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Meet Tommy the Fishmonger

A native San Diegan whose Portuguese family settled here in 1892, Tommy Gomes comes from a long line of professional fishermen. His experience working in San Diego’s historic tuna fleets has given him deep knowledge of the industry and he’s become a leading voice in seafood education.

He is tirelessly passionate – a passion that landed him on the list of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch in 2011” and earned him the title of “Best Fishmonger” many times over. Tommy is committed to educating people about seafood and when he’s not on the clock, is equally committed to giving back to others. Among his involvements, he is the founder of the nonprofit dining series, Collaboration Kitchen; guest teaches for culinary programs; and is an outspoken player in Marine Life Protection Act initiatives. If you catch him at the fish market, he’ll happily share recipes, best cooking practices and fill you with facts about fish.

In addition to working with some of the region’s best chefs, Tommy has served uni and swordfish marrow to Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern, owns a successful bait company, and is working with a well-known author on a book about his life. In 2003,

To book Tommy the Fishmonger for public appearances or culinary demonstrations, contact Rebecca Gardon: rebecca@catalinaop.com