Vancouver CHEF finalists selected FOR 2013 OCEAN WISE CHOWDER CHOWDOWN
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Ocean Wise™, a national sustainable seafood initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium, proudly announces this year’s line-up of Ocean Wise chef finalists in Vancouver who will brandish their ladles and battle to take home the city’s best sustainable seafood chowder title.
Tickets for the 2013 Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown competition, on November 20 at the Vancouver Aquarium, are available online at vanaqua.org/chowdown. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment as the event sells out early every year.
Although considered a friendly cook-off, the annual Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is marked by stiff competition that produces delicious results. Top Vancouver chefs compete for votes from the high-profile judges’ panel that selects the 2013 Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Chefs also vie for the title of People’s Choice winner, chosen by the hundreds of guests who devote their palates to the task of savouring each mouthwatering chowder paired with craft beer.
“The Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is a fun and delicious way to recruit guests, and their taste buds, to the sustainable seafood movement,” says Ann-Marie Copping, manager of the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise program. “While sampling delectable chowders, guests learn about the importance of making ocean-friendly seafood choices. With 90 per cent of our large, predatory seafood already gone from our oceans, choosing sustainable seafood has never been more paramount.”
The line-up of local Ocean Wise chefs contending for the winning title of 2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion in Vancouver includes:
· Chef Chris Whitaker | Forage at the Listel Hotel (Defending Champion)
· Chef Ned Bell | YEW Restaurant + Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
· Chef Aleks Kornat | Manhattan Restaurant at Delta Vancouver Suites
· Chef Michael Lackner | Sodexo Canada
· Chef Joanna Astudillo | Vancouver Aquarium Catering & Events
· Chef Eric Pateman | Edible Canada
· Chef Nicolas Hipperson | C Restaurant
· Chef Dana Hauser | Herons West Coast Kitchen at Fairmont Waterfront
· Chef Hiro Amano | COAST Restaurant
· Chef Kevin Benes | Savoury Chef Foods Catering Company
· Chef Benjamin Curtis | The August Jack
· Chef Paul Cecconi | Brodo Kitchen & Catering with CodFathers Seafood Market
· Chef Tim Evans | The Cascade Room
Guests will enjoy all 13 tasty chowders paired with craft beers, and cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award, while a panel of judges will determine the evening’s champion. Guests will also decide on the best chowder-beer pairing of the evening.
Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown takes place on November 20, 2013, at 7 p.m., at the Vancouver Aquarium. Tickets are $50 and are available at vanaqua.org/chowdown. Proceeds from the event directly support the Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program. Chowder Chowdown is a 19 + event.
This event would not have been made possible without the generous support of Albion Fisheries Ltd.
Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise™ Overfishing is the biggest issue facing our oceans today. The Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item is the Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. With over 3,100 Ocean Wise partner locations across Canada, Ocean Wise makes it easy for consumers to make sustainable seafood choices that ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come. www.oceanwise.ca