Chongqing, First Restaurant Partner, Press Conference Recap

Press Release Recap

On November 28, 2012, Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program and Shark Truth proudly announced The Original Szechuan Chongqing Seafood Restaurant as both organizations’ first Chinese restaurant partner. At the press conference, more than 30 media outlets joined us to celebrate this groundbreaking moment for Chongqing and Vancouver’s restaurant industry.

[Chef Robert's live demo: Sablefish Preparation]

“By adopting a fin-free policy and joining the Ocean Wise program, Chongqing is showing that being environmentally and socially responsible makes a lot of business sense,” said Kevin Huang, Shark Truth Director of Campaigns.”With the absence of shark fin and removal of other unsustainable seafood items from its menu, Chongqing is leading the way in redefining Chinese cuisine with their usage of ocean-friendly ingredients.”

“We really appreciate that Chongqing restaurant puts so much efforts in becoming Ocean Wise. Our organization will continue to find best sustainable alternatives that work for Chef. Robert Wong’s dishes,” said Mike McDermid, Ocean Wise’s Partner Relations Manager.

“I hope Chongqing restaurant can set an example and more Chinese restaurants will follow us to become Ocean Wise and Fin Free,” said Robert Wong, Executive Chef at Chongqing restaurant.

At the end of the press conference, Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program and Shark Truth awarded The “Original” Szechuan Chongqing with a plaque recognizing the restaurant as the the first Chinese restaurant partner in Canada committed to programs that promote healthier oceans.

“So Fresh + So Wise” CarrotMob

Following the afternoon’s press conference, Shark Truth organized a CarrotMob dinner event at Chongqing to celebrate the launch of its new Ocean Wise menu. The sold out event featured an 8-course sustainable seafood dinner prepared by Chongqing’s Michelin Star Chef, Robert Wong.

Please stay tuned for a comprehensive blog covering the CarrotMob event!