Best of Sea Campaign Launches June 1st

Culinary competition showcases Island seafood and the talents of local chefs

24 restaurants across Prince Edward Island are participating in the Best of Sea restaurant promotion and culinary competition this June. Talented local chefs and cooks have developed 52 unique seafood dishes, including appetizers and mains, featuring PEI seafood such as lobster, oysters, mussels, crab, halibut and more.

2016 Winner – The APPsolute Seafood Starter, Water’s Edge Resto Bar Grill – Chef Javier Alarco. Photo Credit: Heather Ogg Photography

Participating chefs and cooks are vying for $4000 in prize money. Chefs in the culinary competition will prepare their dishes for a professional chef judging panel at Canada’s Smartest Kitchen. The chef with the highest combined score for their appetizer and main course will be recognized as the 2017 Chic Chef of the Year. This chef will also receive the exclusive invitation to represent PEI in the Garland International Chefs’ Challenge at the PEI International Shellfish Festival.

Winners of the 2016 Best of Sea include: Water’s Edge Resto Bar Grill, Chef Javier Alarco with judge’s choice for the APPsolute Seafood Starter. Papa Joe’s Restaurant, Chef Irwin MacKinnon with judge’s choice for the Ultimate Seafood Fusion. Blue Mussel Cafe, Chef Jamie Power with Islander’s choice for both the APPsolute Seafood Starter and the Ultimate Seafood Fusion. Mill River Experience, Chef Stephen Wilson with Islander’s choice for the First Wave Appetizer. Red Water Rustic Grille, Chef Les Flynn with Islander’s choice for Hooked Up With Flavours. The 2016 Chic Chef of the Year was Chef Irwin MacKinnon from Papa Joe’s Restaurant.

Chef Irwin MacKinnon (Papa Joe’s) – 2016 Chic Chef of the Year. Photo Credit: Heather Ogg Photography.

The promotion runs from June 1 to June 30. The public is invited to vote for their favourite dishes at, and will have the chance to win 1 of 26 gift cards worth $50 from participating restaurants.



About Shannon Courtney

Shannon is the co-founder of Salty and was its editor-in-chief for the publication's inaugural year. When she’s not writing about food, Shannon's either cooking, eating, talking, or thinking about it. Her food adventures have included milking a Jersey cow in Australia, almost overdosing on maple syrup in Prince Edward County, and studying local food systems in Vermont as part of her Master’s thesis research. Shannon is also a holistic-nutritionist and strongly believes you CAN make friends with salad.

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