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SeaWeb Presents Chef Ned Bell with Seafood Champion for Advocacy Award

Ned BellOcean Wise executive chef and founder of Chefs for Oceans, was awarded the 2017 Seafood Champion Award for Advocacy, by SeaWeb at the Seafood Summit in Seattle on June 5. The award is shared with the International Pole & Line Foundation. A panel of seafood sustainability experts from industry and nonprofit organizations from around the globe recognized Bell for his ongoing efforts to raise awareness about sustainable seafood. Chefs for Oceans started in 2014 with an 8,700km bike across Canada and since then Bell continues to strategize opportunities making sustainable seafood his mission. 

"Being awarded the Champion Award for Seafood Advocacy is one of the greatest accomplishments of my culinary career. As a Seafood Champion, I will continue to work in my passion with food, for change in communities in my own back yard and around the world," Bell said. "This extraordinary award will allow me to dive deeper in my work as an educator, mentor and as leader amongst my peers who strive for change and healthy lakes oceans and rivers globally."

The Seafood Champion Award for Advocacy recognizes the promotion of sustainability, use of the media to raise the profile of sustainable seafood, work to strengthen public policy and resource allocations, and championing of advances in sustainable seafood. The 11th annual Seafood Champion Awards program, recognizes individuals and organizations for excellence in promoting environmentally responsible seafood. For more information on the winners, click here

Lure Cookbook:

Next up on Ned's sustainable seafood mission is a cookbook to be released in October, 2017. Lure provides a platform to educate and inspire seafood lovers on the importance of making sustainable seafood choices from the Pacific Ocean. The book boasts 80 simple and delicious recipes for the at home cook with 40 different species located off the west coast of Canada. 

Seafood is a healthy, clean protein that we should be eating more of - with this book I’m hoping people will cook more of it at home, while learning about sustainability. I challenge readers of Lure to try something new from the book and eat sustainable seafood once a week for a year.
— Ned Bell, Vancouver Aquarium's Ocean Wise Executive Chef

Reviews of Lure: 

Ned’s passion for sustainable seafood is infectious, and this book is irresistible. Bringing Ned’s recipes into your home is a great way to support healthy oceans.
— Dr. David Suzuki, award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster
Ned Bell is one of that laudable cadre of young chefs who has taken the trouble to learn not only the names of his farmers but also his fishers. If, like me, you’re committed to sustaining the health of the oceans, you’ll grab this book that shows you how to cook all the responsibly harvested gifts of the sea.
— Tom Douglas, American executive chef, restaurateur, author, and radio talk show host
When it comes to preparing delicious fish and seafood dishes, Ned has a gift for combining flavors that speaks to our minds and our bellies.
— Eric Ripert, Michelin-starred chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin

Pre-orders for Lure can be made through Amazon by clicking here.

Canada150 and Edible Canada's Across the Top of Canada: 
Ned is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime as he joins Edible Canada and some of our nations best chefs to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with 60 culinary adventure seeking Canadians as they jet across Canada's north. Rugged, pristine wilderness; ancient peoples and places, local folklore and art; food replete with local ingredients and bold flavours that evoke this magical time and place - Edible Canada's culinary journey "Across the Top of Canada" wines, dines and wows guests with stops in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Rankin Inlet, Iqaluit and St. John's, Newfoundland, with stunning meals at each stop created by some of the country's most accomplished and celebrated chefs. 

Toyota Hybrid:
Ned Bell proudly drives the unmissable Electric Storm blue 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, which well suits his life as chef, dad, sustainable seafood advocate thanks to the vehicle's pep, power and great fuel economy. Ned recently filmed a Toyota Owner approved video set to be released soon. Stay tuned.

Ned Bell founded Chefs for Oceans in 2014 to raise awareness about the importance of making responsible seafood decisions by riding his bike over 8,600 kilometres across Canada. Chefs from coast to coast to coast have joined the efforts to impact the way Canadians think about the seafood they eat, where it comes from, and how it arrives to their dinner plate. The Chefs for Oceans collaborative continues to bring chefs across North America together in support of healthier oceans. Ned's first solo cookbook, Lure - Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the West Coast, is coming out later this year. 

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