Chefs Creek Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics
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|