Led by the fourth-generation owner, Lance Forman, this unique opportunity means guests will have the chance to hear the fascinating 110 year history behind H. Forman & Son.
There are many tales to tell; from founder Harry Forman’s discovery of Scottish Salmon, to the invention of the trademark London Cure, to the artisan methods still being used today.
Discover why Forman’s smoked salmon is truly artisan, as you’ll be taken on a tour of the on-site smokehouse, where you’ll see the unique salmon smoking and curing methods which have remained faithful to the technique developed by Harry Forman right back in 1905.
Resident Guinness World Record Holder, Darren Matson, will demonstrate his salmon carving skills on the factory floor for 30 heart-racing minutes. He holds the record for the fastest time to bone and slice a smoked salmon – his record is just 1 minute 11 seconds!
Afterwards, you’ll take a seat in Forman’s; the onsite riverside Restaurant and Bar with an incredible vantage point overlooking the Olympic Stadium and a viewing gallery into the smokehouse. It’s here where you’ll enjoy a delicious smoked salmon tasting platter to share – we can guarantee you’ve never tasted salmon quite like this before!
Once you’re a smoked salmon expert, you will be treated to a complimentary packet of H. Forman & Son’s famous London Cure to take home.
If you choose to upgrade to a salmon carving masterclass with Darren, he’ll teach you, step-by-step, how to emulate his famous smoked salmon carving, which produces melt-in-the-mouth slices. Not only will you boast a new impressive skill; you’ll leave with your hands full with your very own hand-carved salmon, a carving kit with a rosewood-handled knife, a sapele wood carving board and tweezers – to ensure that not a single pin-bone is missed.
The advent of commercial salmon farming in the 1970s has meant that smoked salmon is now widely available for a lower price, but the quality varies enormously as different companies use underhand practices such as excessive salt and sugar. The original, artisan taste of smoked salmon remains a rare luxury for many and H. Forman & Son are advocates of the tradition that turned smoked salmon into the gourmet food that it is recognised as today.
11am Meet & Greet
11.15 Talk on the history of H. Forman & Son
11.45 Tour of the Smokehouse and factory floor
12.30 Smoked Salmon carving demonstration with Guinness World Record holder Darren Matson
1.00 Salmon platter tasting at Forman’s Restaurant
2.00pm Tour concludes
Price: £35 11am-2pm
Masterclass for one person, £149.95
Masterclass for two people, £225
Book at: http://www.formansfishisland.com/tour-groups.php
Book salmon carving masterclass at: http://www.formanandfield.com/salmon-carving-masterclass-p-4078.html