FortisBC BC Seafood Festival Chef Challenge

The winner and runner up are…

Congratulations to Chef Quang Dang, Araxi Restaurant who won Chef Challenge and the $5000 prize courtesy of FortisBC. Runner up is Matthias Fong, River Cafe with a $1500 prize.

Competition Dates: June 16 – 17

We are inviting all past & current BC Seafood Festival chefs to participate in the creation of a new event to feature BC chefs and seafood excellence, the FortisBC BC Seafood Festival Chef Challenge – a unique competition for chefs to showcase their skills and show how they create incredible seafood culinary excellence.

Stay tuned for more competitors!

Aaron Rail

The White Whale - Courtenay, BC

Jade Berg

Vancouver Island Salt Co.

Chris Andraza

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar - Vancouver, BC

Isabel Chung

Grill Room, Fairmont Chateau Whistler - Whistler, BC

Scott Schneider

Ai Fiori, The Langham Hotel - New York, NY, USA

Abby Ferrer

Star Noodle - Lahaina, HI, USA

Lisa Ahier

Sobo - Tofino, BC

Matthias Fong

River Café - Calgary, AB

Quang Dang

Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar - Whistler, BC

Ryan Gark

The Waverley Hotel

Shawn Galway

Berwick by the Sea

The competition took place at the BC Seafood Festival during the Signature Weekend, June 16-17, 2018 in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island.

The top prize will be $5000 and second prize $1500 thanks to FortisBC, and the small wares being provided by Bargreen Ellingson, and all of the large cooking equipment is being proudly sponsored by Garland Canada.

Thank you to the North Island College Culinary students and the Culinary Team BC chefs for supporting this event!

Preliminary Chef Challenge

Chefs will be given a black box of ingredients and must prepare an entrée dish in a 45 minute preliminary heat. Each Chef is allowed to bring 2 secret ingredients to create their dish. From the 1 dish prepared, Chefs will prepare 4 plates, one plate for each judge for tasting, 4th plate will be used for visual display for judges.

View the *scorecard here. *Rules and criteria subject to change.


Additional support provided by North Island College Culinary Program and Culinary Team BC.

Mark Best

Bistro by Mark Best - Dream Cruises’ Genting Dream, Singapore

Pino Posteraro

Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill - Vancouver, BC

Hidekazu Tojo

Tojo's - Vancouver, BC


Coleen Christie