Preston Fresh Seafood is our family owned and operated Seafood Retail and Now Fish & Chip Takeaway. It was originally established in 1993 by our parents Max and Francoise Pantacchini originally trading under the name Pantacchini’s Gourmet Foods, then Pantacchini’s Seafood Wholesale. Mum and Dad moved to Australia in their early 20s to work in the hospitality industry here in Cairns. It was then that they saw the need for a Seafood Wholesaler who would supply the region with top quality seafood.
The company started off as a two-person operation. Within five years, Max and Francoise had built up the company and employed over 45 staff and had five blue trucks supplying seafood to over 200 restaurants, hotels, casinos, pubs, island resorts, luxury boat cruises, surf clubs and takeaway shops ranging from Cape York to Townsville as well as Interstate and International to Japan and the USA.
They also established a retail shop opposite the James Cook University for 5 years. All of this took place whilst my sister and I were under the age of five, incredible I think!
Max and Francoise are both highly regarded in the seafood industry. In fact, they supplied seafood to her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Cairns in 2002!
After running the show for 14 years, Max and Francoise sold the renowned business in 2007 and moved South to work as seafood contractors for 6 years.
As fate would have it, in July 2013 they came back to Cairns! Over the past 7 years, my family; parents Max & Francoise and sister Davina and her husband Patrice have worked tirelessly around the clock to bring the company back up to its renowned standard and I couldn’t be prouder!
When we came back to Cairns, we rebranded the company name – so the business is now called Preston Fresh Seafood but it still is the Pantacchini Family.
My family are all from the hospitality background and thus they bring a large component of that into their work here, having great respect for their produce and a passion for food creation.
We have the largest Seafood Retail Shop in Cairns. We opened up this store in 2015, with some impressive expansions occurring in 2018. Additionally, located in our shop is our Fish & Chip Takeaway which opened in March 2019. We have recently revamped the menu and are now open 7 Days for Fish & Chip Takeaway.
We stock a diverse range of Fresh, Frozen, Cooked, Raw (Green) and Homemade Smoked Products (over 25 years experience).
We have so much passion for this industry and will try our hardest to accommodate you.
We fillet our fresh fish and shuck fresh oysters here on premises! We have a diverse range of smoked seafood which is smoked on premises. We also create takeaway dishes for you to eat at home!
We offer bulks prices on many products including prawns, fish fillets & oysters - simply ask our staff.
Ps. To ultimately stay updated, please follow us on our Facebook & Instagram pages. Here you will find what’s in store, inspiration to cook, our family recipes, specials as well as other goodies!
Thank you for supporting our family business. It means a lot to us.
Dorine Pantacchini & the family Max and Francoise, Davina and Patrice.