A sea butcher is the knife artist behind the filet of fish on your plate. In the case of the Oceanaire Seafood Room, the sea butcher is Ezequiel Canul, a.k.a. E-Z.
He 9-to-5's his way through the day in a freezing cold seafood walk-in where he breaks down all the seafood products that require it for the whole restaurant, or about 150 pounds a day.
E-Z says, "I learned with the company. I used to be a cook, working the grill. Then I got a promotion and they trained me."
So what happens to all the fish heads, skins, bones, and tails that get left behind when a filet is cut? Executive Chef Sean Bernal says, "We make a stock about once a week. The rest of the time we give it to the dishwashers. This is a family. The Haitians, they make a big pot of fish head soup with it and feed their families. They don't make a lot of money so we look out for them."
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Part of the Oceanaire's training program entailed Sean's working on a crab boat too. "The company flew us out there to Dutch Harbor and I spent seven days out there with two other chefs seeing and being a part of every part of the process of crabbing. I was out there on the ship pulling traps and everything. The whole process is amazing. They cook the crabs in this brine tank bath and then 6 more, each with more salt."