Oyster Bob : World's top shucker!
“Oyster Bob” Skinner of Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House in Vancouver, BC conquered the competition and won first place at the 2008 J.P.’s Shellfish World Invitational Oyster Shucking Championship held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Shucking talent from around the world competed in the invitational, which is part of the Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival.
With a time of 1:05 minutes, Oyster Bob not only won first place, but also received top honors for Cleanest Plate. Bob managed to beat out two-time Canadian Oyster Shucking Champion Jason Woodside and the current North American Champion, William "Chopper" Young.
Oyster Bob should be in fine form at Joe Fortes' own Slurp & Swirl on November 3, when the Vancouver resto hosts the Western Canadian Oyster Shucking Championships.
Bob’s shucking career began at Joe Fortes 23 years ago. He has been the resident in-house champion since 1985, racking up numerous honors and awards. He's become somewhat of a celebrity in the oyster shucking world, often competing with top international shuckers.
The oyster bar at Joe Fortes is open seven days a week, 4-11 PM. Guests are encouraged to watch Oyster Bob in action and sample oysters from across the country.
Clayoquot Sound oyster farm off Vancouver Island, BC
Photo by Sue Frause