Boerboom Wins First Albacore Tuna Recipe Competition
Jonathan Boerboom's Grapefruit Olive Oil Basted BC Albacore Tuna with Spiced Persimmon Chutney and Coconut Scented Basmati Rice was selected as the winning recipe for the Peoples' Choice Award and the Judges' Select Award at last week's first international BC-Canadian Albacore Tuna Recipe Competition.
Boerboom, chef de partie of C Restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia, won $300 for his winning recipe. The event, held at O'Doul's Restaurant & Bar in The Listel Hotel in downtown Vancouver, attracted a crowd of 100 fishermen, media and industry who came to celebrate the qualities of BC-Canadian albacore tuna and sample some of the 250 recipes entered into the competition from all over the world.
Judges for the event were: Coleen Christie, CTV news anchor; Julian Bond, executive chef and program director of the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts; Stephen Wong, chef, journalist and restaurant consultant; Jamie Alley, director of the BC Ministry of Environment, Oceans & Marine Fisheries Division; and Gina Grain, Canadian cycling champion expected to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.
Presented by the Canadian Highly Migratory Species Foundation, the goal of the competition was to generate awareness of and interest in BC-Canadian albacore tuna. The foundation plans to produce a recipe booklet this year featuring the top recipe submissions.