Executive Chef, Vancouver Aquarium
Finalist, Seafood Champion Award Advocacy Category
Ned Bell, the Ocean Wise Executive Chef at the Vancouver Aquarium, founded Chefs for Oceans to raise awareness about sustainable seafood, creating a movement that is changing the way people think about the seafood they eat. Ned’s cooking philosophy is globally inspired and locally created.
Ned is a leading chef who has gone beyond cooking to making sustainable seafood his mission. In 2014, Ned rode his bike 8,700 km across Canada, hosting 20 events alongside some of the best chefs in the country, raising awareness about sustainable seafood and the importance of healthy oceans, lakes and rivers.
Ned is one of the driving forces behind a campaign asking the Canadian government to designate March 18 as National Sustainable Seafood Day. He has used his influence to recruit other chefs to support this initiative and has hosted three National Sustainable Seafood Day events, in Vancouver (2013), Ottawa (2014) and Toronto (2015).
In 2016 Ned left his position as Executive Chef at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and YEW seafood + bar, an Ocean Wise partner, to join the Vancouver Aquarium. He is the only Canadian chef on the Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon task force.
Ned’s goal is to engage and inspire his chef peers and communities from coast to coast, and he has become a sought-after speaker both in North America and abroad.
Winning the Seafood Champion Award for Advocacy is one of the greatest accomplishments of my culinary career. As an 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.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.Ned Bell