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Each year, the Monterey Bay Aquarium hosts chefs, scientists, farmers, marine experts, and representatives of the media at a three-day educational symposium called the Sustainable Foods Institute. This institute is part of a larger event called Cooking for Solutions, which advocates for ocean conservation and responsible sourcing and production of food and seafood. Chefs who walk the walk—who, along with their purveyors, are responsible stewards of the sea and soil—are recognized with special awards.
This year’s top award winners were Chef Suzanne Goin and Chef Rick Bayless.
Highly acclaimed Chef Goin founded Lucques restaurant in
Chef Bayless took home the Aquarium’s 2010 Educator of the Year award. Bayless is best known for his numerous cookbooks on Mexican cuisine, his public television series, and his highly-acclaimed Chicago-area restaurants, Topolobampo and Frontera Grill. He also founded the nonprofit Frontera Farmer Foundation, which provides grant funding to small farms in the
If sustainable seafood is important to you, and it should be, please revisit some of my earlier iVillage posts on the topic.
Finally, here's how you can download a Seafood Watch app for your mobile phone.
With all these resources, you'll quickly be up to speed.