The 13th annual BC Seafood Festival is once again being held in the Comox Valley from June 7-16th, 2019. This year’s Expo chef line-up offers a wide range of talents from around the Comox valley.
Chef Chris Andraza is the leader of Fanny Bay Oysters Restaurant, Vancouver’s only tide to table oyster bar and shellfish market.
Fanny Bay Oysters Restaurant is where you will get Vancouver’s freshest shellfish experience. The flagship location, located in the heart of Vancouver’s stadium district at 762 Cambie Street, brings over 30 years of innovative farming directly to your plate.
Chef Chris Andraza started his cooking career in Banff Alberta under Chef Roger Van Denhouvel at the Lake Louis Inn. He eventually landed in Victoria, BC where he became a sous chef at the Monkey Tree Pub and only moved his professional career upward from there.
He attended Camosun College under chefs Gilbert Nousitou and Steve Walker Duncan, finishing his Red Seal certification. Andraza worked as the Head Chef at Rodney’s Oyster House in Vancouver, and realized his love for cooking seafood.
This passion has translated into him fully handcrafting the Fanny Bay Oyster Bar menu to showcase the incredibly sustainable shellfish from British Columbia and especially the Comox Valley.
Chef Chris Andraza’s father said he grew up with a love for food and curative sense for dishing it out, and as he has proven himself, over and over again, in the last few years, at the BC Seafood Festival held annually in the Comox Valley, British Columbia.
Located midway on the east coast of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is well known for its culinary bounty from the farms and sea to table. Rich with festivals and sporting events, stunning alpine to ocean resorts and spas, this region is a place of super natural beauty that offers lush culinary, cultural and outdoor experiences. It is comprised of the communities of Comox, Courtenay and surrounding rural areas in the Comox Valley Regional District.