Royal York to Host Chowder Chowdown

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TORONTO — Top Toronto chefs are preparing to raise awareness about sustainable seafood at next month’s Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown to be held at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York.

The Nov. 2 event, which benefits the Vancouver Aquarium, will feature Toronto-area chefs vying for the title of Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Champion of 2011.

Ten chefs will prepare their best chowder, including Ted Corrado of the Royal Ontario Museum’s C5 Restaurant, Top Chef’s Andrea Nicholson-Jack of Killer Condiments and defending champions Martin Kouprie and Derek Bendig of Pangaea.

Teddie Geach, Ocean Wise program co-coordinator, is hoping the event will attract 300 people. “It is a relatively new event in Toronto, it’s only our second year, but I’m hopeful Ocean Wise will have a full house of people engaged with sustainable seafood,” she said. “The Chowder Chowdown is a chance for the public to taste 10 original chowders paired with local beers provided by Mill Street Brewery.”

A panel of judges, including chef Anthony Walsh, food writer Ivy Knight and the Food Network’s Micah Donovan will choose the winner, while attendees vote for the People’s Choice.

Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood.

For more Chowder Chowdown details, visit oceanwise.ca.

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