Chowder Chowdown Calgary 2016 winners

Nov 16 2016, 5:09 pm

The top Ocean Wise Chefs in Calgary went head to head on November 17 for a gripping annual culinary competition – the Chowder Chowdown.

The YYC edition of the Chowdown went down at the Hyatt Regency Calgary. This was the last of the four-province event, which also took place in Halifax, Toronto, and Vancouver.

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This delicious showdown had some seriously worthy victors, like the People’s Choice Award winner, Thomsons Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency. The restaurant’s chowder was a combo of creamy andouille sausage and prawn chowder with kimchi.

This is the third year in a row that the Thomsons Restaurant has won this title, but each win has been an entirely different recipe from a different chef, so there’s nothing fishy about this winning streak. 

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The judges panel was made up of industry pros like Michael Allemeier, John Gilchrist, Dan Clapson, and Daily Hive contributor Buzz Bishop, all who ultimately chose Catch Restaurant & the Oyster Bar’s chowder as the overall winner. 

Created by Chef de Cuisin Jordan Walsh, this Southern Clam Chowder included nectar and fish stock base, garnished with Cajun cornmeal-crusted catfish, smoked scallop, double smoked bacon, Andouille sausage, and country fried clams.

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The last award of the night went to Last Best Brewery & Distilling for Best Beer Pairing.

All proceeds from this event directly support Ocean Wise, a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate people about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood and how they can help.

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