The BC Seafood Festival annually boasts an incredible array of seafood chefs and mixologists presenting exciting dinners, events and popular MasterClasses. Check back to see the growing Chef line up!
Chef Ned Bell: The Festival is thrilled to announce Chef Ned Bell as the Festival’s new Chef Ambassador, hand selecting an amazing line up of Festival Chefs for 2023! Chef Ned Bell is a well-known Canadian culinary talent who has forged a path as a chef, sustainable seafood advocate, and educator. As one of the country’s leading chefs, he uses his voice, outgoing personality, and indomitable spirit to stand up for the world’s lakes, oceans, rivers, in addition to hyper-local farming sustainability through brand ambassador roles.
Shucker Paddy – Patrick McMurray: Passionate about everything oyster, Shucker Paddy is a World Champ Oyster Shucker, oyster sommelier and culinary educator who has been a highlight of the BC Seafood Festival for many years. Shucker Paddy won the World Championships of Oyster Opening – Galway, Ireland 2002, the only Canadian to win this most illustrious shucking contest, in over 60 years. Patrick also holds three Guinness Book Records for shucking oysters, 39 in one minute, part of Team Canada – 8840 Oysters in one hour, and personally 1114 Oysters in one hour. In his spare time, he supports oyster bars start ups and events around the world from New York City to Dubai!