Chef Chris Andraza Takes Home Top Prizes for Second Consecutive Win in Battle for Best Sustainable Seafood Chowder

The Fanny Bay Oyster Bar chef also claimed best beverage pairing at Vancouver’s 12th annual Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood Program’s Chowder Chowdown 

Vancouver, BC — Vancouver’s foodies were treated to a delicious duel as some of B.C.’s culinary heavyweights competed in the 12th annual Ocean Wise® Chowder Chowdown at the Vancouver Aquarium Thursday evening. In the end, returning 2019 champion Chef Chris Andraza of Fanny Bay Oyster Bar impressed the judging panel of industry veterans with a bold and bright octopus chowder to once again claim the title of Chowder Chowdown Champion along with best beverage pairing.

“This event is such an inspiring and fun way to showcase sustainable seafood,” said Sophika Kostyniuk, Manager of the Ocean Wise Seafood Program. “It’s amazing to see the creativity of our chef partners, and to see the growing support for sustainable seafood and healthy oceans.”

The 12 celebrated chefs and their chowders drew more than 650 people to the event to vote on their favourite dishes and sip on refreshing craft beverage pairings. The best beverage pairing was awarded to Lone Tree for complimenting Andraza’s winning chowder, while Georgian Bay Spirit Co. won best lounge beverage partner.

Ocean Wise Sous Chef Stacy Johnston used her home-court advantage to wow the crowd with a delicious Dungeness crab chowder with smoky bacon and kelp and took home the coveted title of People’s Choice winner.

This year’s panel of distinguished judges was:

  • Chef Rob Clarke, co-owner of the Fish Counter, author, and sustainable seafood leader. Rob helped to grandfather the sustainable seafood movement in Canada.
  • Chef Nathan Fong, award-winning food stylist & journalist and founder of Fong on Food
  • Chef Bobby Milheron, Executive Chef Homer St Café and Tableau
  • Rae Kung, Managing Director of the Chinese Restaurant Awards
  • Joanne Sasvari, lifestyle writer, author and Vancouver Sun Food Writer

As well as Lone Tree, guests were treated to brews and beverages from Whistler Brewing Co., Walter’s Casear with Tito’s Vodka, Stanley Park Brewing, Yellow Dog, Strange Fellows, Driftwood Brewery, Howe Sound Brewing, R&B Brewing, Moosehead, Red Racer, Smithers Brewing Co., Phillips Brewing, The Parkside Brewery,  and Vancouver Island Brewing, Arterra Wines, Georgian Bay Spirit Co. with Smash Gin, Empress Gin and Salt Spring Coffee.

In addition to Chowder Chowdown in Vancouver, Ocean Wise Month is being celebrated with a second Chowder Chowdown event in Toronto on February 26.

Ocean Wise® Seafood Program

Ocean Wise® Seafood Program Overfishing is a major threat to our oceans. With thousands of Ocean Wise seafood partner locations across Canada, Ocean Wise makes it easy for consumers to choose sustainable seafood for the long-term health of our oceans. The Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item is our assurance of an ocean friendly seafood choice.


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