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Top chefs join forces to save the oceans campaign

10 February 2015 by
Top chefs join forces to save the oceans campaign

A group of 20 globally renowned chefs are to publically announce their support for a campaign to save the world's oceans at an event in Spain next month.

The 20 chefs will demonstrate their commitment to Oceana's international campaign, called Save the Oceans: Feed the World.

Hosted by Spanish chefs Andoni Luiz Aduriz of Mugaritz (pictured) and Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca at the Basque Culinary Centre, the other chefs to attend include:

  • Ferran Adrià (elBulli Foundation, Spain)
  • Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana, Italy)
  • Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park, USA)
  • Ashley Palmer-Watts (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, UK)
  • Alex Atala (D.O.M., Brazil)
  • Juan Mari and Elena Arzak (Arzak, Spain)
  • Pedro Subijana (Akelare, Spain)
  • Grant Achatz (Alinea, USA)
  • Brett Graham (The Ledbury, UK)
  • Joachim Wissler (Vendôme, Germany)
  • Heinz Reitbauer (Steirereck, Austria)
  • Gastón Acurio (Astrid y Gastón, Peru)
  • Enrique Olvera (Pujol, Mexico)
  • Rodolfo Guzmán (Boragó, Chile)
  • Normand Laprise (Toqué, Canada)
  • José Luis González (Gallery Vask, Philippines)

René Redzepi of Noma in Denmark will be unable to attend the event in San Sebastian on 17 March, but has also pledged his support for the campaign.

Oceana was established in 2001 by a group of foundations including the Pew Charitable Trusts, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

The move came after a 1999 study commissioned by the organisations found that 0.5% of all resources spent by environmental non-profit groups in the US went to ocean advocacy. As a result, Oceana focuses on achieving change to the world's oceans and boosting the world's declining wild fishing stocks using science-based campaigns.

Aduriz said: "It is truly amazing that so many prominent chefs who are so hectically busy, are coming to San Sebastian on 17 March. Chefs feel passionately about the importance of wild seafood, not just on the small scale and what it brings to our kitchens, but also because of its importance to the planet. I think we all just deeply feel the need to support this campaign and help make the oceans abundant again."

Oceana claims that around 30 countries control over 90% of all the seafood caught in the world. The group estimates that if proven policy changes that stop overfishing, limit bycatch and protect habitat are passed in the top seafood countries, there would be enough seafood to provide one billion people a healthy seafood meal each day.

"We are incredibly grateful that so many culinary superstars are coming together to announce their support for policy change that can help to restore the world's oceans", said Oceana CEO Andrew F Sharpless, "We believe they can help to make a huge difference for Oceana's campaigns and the hundreds of millions of people who depend on the world's oceans for their sustenance."

Sharpless and Oceana will release a special digital edition of his book The Perfect Protein

The event will open with the premiere screening of the short film documentary The Perfect Protein by Jorge MartÁ­nez, featuring the chefs discussing their support of ocean conservation and passion for the sea and its seafood.

Find out more at perfectprotein.oceana.org/

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