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Top Chefs to Face Off at Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown

The GOODS from Ocean Wise

Vancouver, BC | Fall has arrived, and the cooler temperatures beckon warming comfort food. Seafood chowder was made for these days. On Wednesday, Nov. 22, chowder will be front and centre at the annual Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown at the Vancouver Aquarium. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event, and the roster is stacked with a host of past winners.

Seafood lovers will get a chance to try chowder from 13 of our local and across Canada past winners with Ocean Wise seafood partners coming in from Courtenay, Penticton, Comox, Calgary and Toronto as they vie to take home the ultimate chowder prize. The culinary heavyweights will be going ladle-to-ladle in a competition to be named 2017 Chowder Chowdown All-Star Champion, as judged by an industry and media panel. The panel will also name a winner for best chowder and beer pairing, and guests will have their say by casting their vote for the People’s Choice Award winner.

“Vancouver is the birthplace of the Ocean Wise seafood program as well as Chowder Chowdown, an event which was held in two other cities this year and has been adapted in cities from Halifax to Osoyoos. The movement has clearly spread across Canada and this event is a delicious way to celebrate the growing interest consumers have in sustainable seafood, featuring some of the most notable names in Canada’s restaurant industry and some of the region’s top breweries, too,” said Ann-Marie Copping, Ocean Wise seafood program manager. “It’s a great chance to try some local sustainable seafood while rubbing elbows with like-minded foodies and chefs who are all part of this powerful movement.”

With chowder in one hand, guests can balance in the other a beer from one of the province’s best brewers, including Postmark, Steel & Oak, Red Truck, and Driftwood, to name a few. Walter Caesar, Canada’s only Ocean Wise caesar mix, will also be on tap so getting thirsty will not be an issue.

It will be a steep competition this year with entries from a number of our past winners, including:

– ARC Restaurant, Fairmont Waterfront – Executive Chef Karan Suri
2015 People’s Choice Restaurant

– Boulevard Kitchen + Oyster Bar – Chef Roger Ma
2015 Judge’s Choice Chowder Champion Chef

– Brodo Kitchen – Chef Paul Cecconi
2011 Judge’s Choice Chowder Champion Chef

– Hapa Izakaya – Chef Yosuke Okubo
2010 Judge’s & People’s Choice Restaurant

– Locals Restaurant – Chef Rob Schrier
2017 Winner of Comox by the Sea’s Ocean Wise Chowder Challenge

– Mercatto – Chef Doug Neigel
2013 Judge’s Choice Chowder Champion, Toronto

– Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – Chef Julian Bond
2017 Winner of Devour! Osoyoos’s Ocean Wise Chowder Competition

– Pacific Yacht Charters – Chef Mardy Ra
2011 People’s Choice Restaurant

– Preston’s Restaurant + Lounge (Coast Coal Harbour Hotel – Chef Justin Paakkunainen
2015 Best Beer Pairing Restaurant

– The White Whale Restaurant – Owner & Executive Chef Aaron Rail
2016 Judge’s & People’s Choice Chowder Champion

– Thomsons Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Calgary – Jennifer Jaewon Kim
2013 People’s Choice Restaurant, Calgary

– Vancouver Aquarium | Ocean Wise Catering & Events – Executive Chef Ned Bell
2014 Judge’s & People’s Choice Chowder Champion Chef
2013 People’s Choice Chowder Champion Chef

– The Wooden Boat – Chef Thompson Tran
2016 Best Beer Pairing

Tickets to Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown are $75 + GST and can be purchased at www.vanaqua.org/chowder. This event sells out each year so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.


Telephone: 604-659-3492
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.ocean.org/seafood | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
Aquaquest Reception | PO Box 3232 | Vancouver, BC V6B 3X8


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About The Ocean Wise Seafood Program®

Overfishing is one of the biggest threats our oceans face today. With thousands of partner locations across Canada, the Ocean Wise® seafood program makes it easy for consumers to make sustainable seafood choices that ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come.

The Ocean Wise seafood program works directly with restaurants, markets, food services and suppliers to ensure they have the most current scientific information regarding sustainable seafood and to help them make ocean-friendly buying decisions. The options are highlighted on their menus and display cases with the Ocean Wise symbol, ensuring it’s easy for consumers to make a sustainable choice.

In addition to its website, Ocean Wise also has an app for Android and iPhone. Easy to use, it provides consumers with Ocean Wise restaurants, markets and supplier venues from coast to coast, and a comprehensive list of ocean-friendly seafood options. The Ocean Wise iPhone app is continuously updated with ocean-friendly seafood options and Ocean Wise partners spanning the country, from Victoria to Halifax.

Learn more at www.ocean.org.

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  1. The ‘past winners’, is it the establishments that are past winners or the chefs?

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