Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise™ Ambassador Profile: Chef Ned Bell


Vancouver Is Awesome is a proud sponsor of Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise™ program, created in 2005 to address overfishing, the single biggest threat facing our oceans today. What started as a local conservation initiative has grown into a nation-wide program with over 480 partners spanning coast to coast.

With the leadership of passionate ocean ambassadors, the Aquarium has been able to turn the tides to help conserve our oceans and the aquatic life that depend on them. In this bi-weekly series we introduce you to some of these Ocean Wise ambassadors in Vancouver.

Words: Charlene Chiang, Vancouver Aquarium

Proud Ocean Wise chef partner since 2004

Executive Chef Ned Bell shares his commitment to aquatic life with a family at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. Photo: Vancouver Aquarium.

Why is Ocean Wise important to you?
Because I want and need healthy oceans for my sons to enjoy the culture of seafood, globally and locally.

What is your favorite Ocean Wise seafood and how do you like it prepared?
Albacore tuna and B.C. spot prawns. I like it all ways: raw, marinated, grilled and roasted.

When did you discover your love of food?
At the age of 12 when I started cooking for my brother and sister.

What would you consider to be your favorite kitchen gadget?
My palate.

Sweet or savory?
Pickled! ;)

What’s the most amazing dish you’ve ever tasted?
Raw B.C. spot prawns fresh from the waters off of Vancouver aboard Organic Ocean’s boat!

Which establishment do you most frequent in Vancouver?
Zest Japanese. Milano Coffee, Bella Gelateria, Nicli and Via Teverre Pizza.

If you could turn back time, which unsustainable seafood choice would you bring back from the brink?
I would change the way we consume and harvest Tiger prawns. The world’s most consumed seafood item and the worst possible choice. The planet is addicted to them and it is the worst possible drug.

What would be your perfect last supper?
Sushi created by my friend Yoshi at Zest.

With whom would you enjoy it?
My sons: Max and Fin.

Ned Bell just completed a 900-kilometre bicycle trip across Vancouver Island with the goal of increasing awareness about the sustainability of our food system. A long-time supporter of local farmers, fishermen, artisans and food producers of all kinds, Bell’s focus has recently become more tightly honed on making food choices that help improve the health of our oceans, lakes and rivers. Ned is an avid Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise supporter and helped lead the organization of National Sustainable Seafood Day.


About Ocean Wise™
The Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item is the Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. With over 480 Ocean Wise partners at more than 3,100 locations across Canada, Ocean Wise makes it easy for consumers to make sustainable seafood choices that ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come.
Follow at @vancouveraqua and @ocean_wise

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