The Great Chowder Chowdown

Here’s a delicious way to show support for Ocean Wise’s ongoing campaign for sustainable seafood: the 2012 Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown! It’s taking place at the Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, on November 21 and promises to be a sell-out, so grabbing a ticket now is a smart decision. There will be 13 competitors serving up their own chowder creations – all of them local chefs who support the Ocean Wise initiative – and it’s a strong field:

· Chef Albert Ponzo | Le Select Bistro

· Chef Patrick McMurray | Starfish Oyster Bed and Grill

· Chef Shaun Edmonstone | Bruce Wine Bar

· Chef David Kokai | Loic Gourmet

· Chef Morgan Wilson | Trios Bistro at the Toronto Downtown Marriott Eaton Centre

· Chef Amira Becarevic | EPIC at the Fairmont Royal York

· Chef Daiji Tanaka | Hapa Izakaya

· Chef Kristin Donovan | Hooked

· Chef Frank Byrne | Fishbar

· Chef Thomas Heitz | Port Restaurant

· Chef Reuben Major | Earls Kitchen and Bar

· Chef Alexandra Gaponovitch | Calphalon Culinary Centre

· Chef Stacey Blois | Western University Canada

As if that line-up isn’t enough, the judges for the event include a number of famous faces – Anthony Walsh, Jamie Kennedy, Carl Heinrich (who won Top Chef Canada 2), Rebecca LeHeup of Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, and Micah Donovan of The Food Jammers. Of course, there will also be a People’s Choice award.

“This friendly, but competitive, cook-off brings together 13 of Toronto’s top chefs as they showcase their original ocean-friendly seafood chowders, paired with craft beer, at this fun and delicious consumer event,” says Mike McDermid, Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise partner relations manager. “The winner will be crowned 2012 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion.”

Tickets are $45 for adults, or $40 for students, and are available at

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