Eat’Um To Beat’Um Lionfish Chowder Contest

March 13, 2024 | 0 Comments

The Bermuda Zoological Society [BZS] is inviting the general public to take part in the second Eat’Um to Beat’Um Lionfish Chowder Competition this Saturday [March 16th] from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo [BAMZ].

A spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Government has provided free admission to the BAMZ facility from noon onwards, and participating visitors will help to choose the best Lionfish Chowder in Bermuda from eight competing chefs and restaurants: Butterfield Fine Dining, Chef Roy’s, Docksiders, Hamilton Princess, Pickled Onion, Take 5 Ltd, The Spot, and Willowbank. We wish every chef the best of luck as they compete for the Judge’s and People’s Choice Awards.”

“Lionfish are an invasive species in the Atlantic Ocean and have been in Bermuda’s waters for over two decades. They are indiscriminate predators known to feed on over 70 different types of fish and crustaceans.

“Having no natural predators in the Atlantic and being able to reproduce quickly, pose a real threat to upsetting the natural balance of our important reef ecosystems. Lionfish are venomous, not poisonous, meaning the toxin is only present on some of their spines. Thankfully, their meat is delicious and provides a good opportunity to help keep them under control.

“Eat’Um to Beat’Um events are designed to expose the public to Lionfish as a delicious food fish and to help create more demand for them. Local licensed lionfish cullers are the heart of the movement to help reduce the number of species on our reefs and provide fish to various supermarkets and restaurants. If you want to get involved, please see the Bermuda Lionfish Taskforce website at

“Once again, the BZS is proud to partner with event sponsors Butterfield & Vallis, Goslings Ltd, and Outerbridge’s Originals to make this event free and open to the public. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. Parking and chowder are limited, so come early to sample some of Bermuda’s best restaurants serving the best Lionfish Chowder. Make your vote count. Last year’s winners, Chiko & T’s, will join us as judges for this year’s competition.

“The shared mission of BZS and BAMZ is to inspire appreciation and care of island environments. As the support charity for BAMZ, the BZS is an example of a highly successful non-profit/public partnership.

“Each year, the BZS provide approximately 8,000 free educational experiences through our Stempel Foundation BZS Schools Programme in addition to popular community programmes for all ages, development of BAMZ exhibits, and conservation and research programmes. Each year, BZS Volunteers contribute over 10,000 hours of valuable husbandry support to the Aquarium and Zoo, with all programmes being accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.”


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