Henry Dimbleby, Leon Restaurants
Henry Dimbleby is one of the co-founders of Leon Restaurants, which now has ten outlets around London. Leon restaurants have a buying policy that takes into account flavour, quality, provenance and sustainability, with a public commitment that states: "Any fish that we use is from sustainable shoals".
In practice, this means that the Leon menu avoids use of endangered species of white fish, and features more sustainable species such as mackerel, that is also an oily fish that is better for health.
Henry Dimbleby is also a founder member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, helping other restaurants and caterers to adopt health and sustainability standards for the food they serve. As the association explains, "Sustainability is good for business and the planet. Sustainable fish, recycled waste, energy efficiency: it's what more and more customers want."
Visit the Leon website at: http://www.leonrestaurants.co.uk/
Allegra McEvedy MBE, chef, writer and presenter
"To stand by and do nothing, say nothing as we slowly drain the oceans of their livestock is to make one complicit, and that's just not a position with which I was comfortable."
Caroline Bennett, Moshi Moshi
"I am determined to do something about the way we fished the seas. We know the problems, we don’t even need any additional information to know how to fix them: we just have to get on and do it. No excuses."
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Fish Fight
“I have been travelling around the UK meeting fishermen, marine conservationists, politicians, supermarkets bosses, and of course fish-eating members of the public. It has changed the way I think about fish.”
Raymond Blanc OBE, Chef Patron, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
“Good ethics should be part of everyday business. Many restaurants and caterers in this are helping to protect our precious marine resources. They should get rightful recognition and inspire others to do the same.”
Rosie Boycott, London Food Board
"Taking a sustainable approach to fish is critical to the food security of our city. It is shocking to think that within our lifetimes, we could lose some of our favourite species from the seas forever."
Silla Bjerrum, Feng Sushi
"Ensuring the future supply of fish is very important. Eating fish can be a component of a healthy lifestyle. Future generations rely on us to pass on healthy seas and maintain biodiversity."
Tim Hughes, Caprice Holdings
"It’s our duty to impart our knowledge to a wider audience, so everybody realises how important it is to cherish our fish stocks. I will continue to champion lesser-known species in plentiful and sustainable supply."