When we arrived at the Vancouver Aquarium, there was quite a long line-up for the Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown, but the wait was amazingly short. We all were getting more and more excited the closer we came to the entrance.
Once inside, we got our bamboo spoons for the various chowders and cups for the many beers available – and on we went.
There were 14 top chefs competing for the title of 2014 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion in Vancouver, and of, course, 14 different chowders were waiting to be tasted.
We felt quite adventurous getting our first cup of chowder as we had never ever eaten any chowder before, but wow, was this amazing! We even forgot to take a picture before tasting the first one…
Anyway, we enjoyed six more chowders which were all so incredibly fantastic. We would have liked to taste even more chowders, but we were so full that we could not possibly have eaten any more.
These were the delicious chowders we had:
#2 – Cacciucco Tuscan Seafood Chowder – Chef Atticus Garant of Giovane Cafe + Winebar – Fairmont Pacific Rim
#8 – Yukon Potato Chowder with Tea smoked Ling Cod Sausage & Dill Saltine Crackers – Chef Todd Bright of Wild Rice
#10 – Ocean Wise Smoked Black Cod ‘Chowda’ – Executive Chef Ned Bell of YEW seafood + bar – Four Seasons Vancouver
#14 – B.C. Sockeye Chowder – Executive Chef Jeff Szombaty of Mosaic Grille – Hyatt Regency
#11 – Smoked Sablefish & Chanterelle Mushroom Chowder – Executive Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage
#5 – Wild Pacific Smoked Albacore Tuna Chowder – Chef Randy Jones of Mile One Eating House
#3 – Wild Smoked Sockeye Salmon & B.C. Hand Peeled Shrimp Clam Chowder – Chef Paul de Ridder of The Beez Kneez Catering
It was such an amazing evening with even more amazing food – all sustainable chowders.
P.S. Executive Chef Ned Bell is Vancouver’s 2014 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion and the People’s Choice Winner. Congratulations!