Chefs Creek Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Chef’s Creek Oysters are a Pacific Northwest oyster from one of the British Columbia oyster appellations by Vancouver Island, BC. They are named after Chef Creek which empties into Deep Bay in Baynes Sound on the eastern side of Vancouver Island.

They are farmed the Stellar Bay Shellfish company using the tray suspension method. Oysters which are cultivated by the suspension method are the primadonnas of oyster. They are suspended in mesh trays in deep water their entire lives, protected from predators, mud, sand and silt. Chefs Creek Oysters have beautiful shells with deep cups, but they are an oyster shucker’s nightmare because their shells are brittle since they never had to fight for survival. The oyster flavor profile of suspended oysters tends to be clean, sweet & light, with meats which are tender.

Chefs Creek Oyster
Location Baynes Sound, east Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Species Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 3″
Oyster Cultivation Tray suspension
Oyster Flavor Profile Chef’s Creek Oysters have a shallow cup with ivory meat and a dark black mantle. They are creamy with a high brininess and sweet flavor.
Salinity 3.3%  (3.5% is full ocean salinity)
Map See Chefs Creek Oyster Map

See proper shellfish storage methods for the best way to maintain the shelf life and flavor of your oysters. Also, check-out our list of where to buy raw oysters.


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