After crossing the Tasman, the native New Zealander started out at the Market 25 years ago and is now the proud sole owner of Gazza’s Gourmet Seafood! Garry has taken out Queen Vic’s favourite seafood trader for 2014, and with a passion for educating his customers it’s no wonder why.
What is your product?
Gazza’s Gourmet Seafood specialises in quality Australian and New Zealand Seafood.
What is your stand-out/favourite item you sell?
My favourite items that I sell are those special restaurant quality cuts that differentiates us from the other market stalls. i.e skinless boneless Hapuka, Blue eye , Tassie Trumpeter etc.. that you would expect at a high end restaurant.
I also specialise in Huon Salmon products including fresh, pin boned Tasmanian atlantic salmon fillets, smoked salmon and Caviar.
How long have you been trading at the Market?
I emigrated from New Zealand and started in the market in 1989 working as a filleter. I bought a share in my current business in 1995 and have been the sole owner for the past two years.
What do you love most about market life?
As well as a huge range of Australian wild caught prawns both cooked and raw and fresh Bass Strait scallops. I also specialise in Southern Rock Lobster over the summer months and especially for the christmas market.
As a creative stallholder at the Market, where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration is in giving the customers advice on what to buy and how to cook a restaurant quality meal at home.
I love the diversity of the customers who come from every corner of the globe. As a person who likes to be busy the market is a perfect fit. I have fantastic staff who also love the market and take great pride in their work .
Positive feedback from customers is what makes it all worth while.
Where are your favourite places to shop at the Market?
I like to shop at Sylvia’s Deli. I have my daily coffee break at Coffea coffee merchants and every morning I look forward to my waiting coffee from Ren’s Cafe when I return from the wholesale fish market in the morning at 5.30am.
Contact Gazza’s Gourmet Seafood:
Location: Shop 31, Meat & Seafood Hall
Ph: 03 93296017