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Arctic Watch Chef Tse a San Pellegrino Young Chef Competition Semi-Finalist


Chef at Quark Expeditions®’ Wilderness Lodge a Canadian Contender


[Seattle, WA] – February 17, 2015 – Quark Expeditions®, the world's leading polar expedition company, is proud to announce the accomplishment of Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge chef Justin Tse, chosen as a semi-finalist along with nine other inspiring Canadian chefs to represent Canada in the prestigious San Pellegrino Young Chef Competition. Tse was chosen from over 3,500 candidates spanning 191 countries for this highly-coveted position.

The unique Arctic Watch lodge on Somerset Island, Nunavut, is Quark's first land-based arctic expedition. Tse is the head chef at camp during the summer season and pastry chef at the Ottawa restaurant Social the remainder of the year. A graduate of Culinary Arts & Management at St. Lawrence College, he specializes in fine Canadian dining with a distinct European flair. His creations at Arctic Watch consist of Canadian-inspired, locally sourced dishes, with specialties such as arctic char sushi, roasted prime rib slow cooked for 6 hours, fresh lake trout and sous vide pork tenderloin in a mushroom truffle cream sauce.

Contenders from 20 global regions were evaluated by judges at ALMA, the world's leading international educational training center for Italian cuisine, in early January. Ten semi-finalists were selected for each region, based on their scores in the competition's five areas: ingredients, skill, creativity, beauty and message.

"We are ecstatic to see Justin’s substantial talents recognized, and how far he's made it in this esteemed competition against such emerging talent from across Canada" said Andrew White, Quark Expeditions President. "We are pleased to partner with Arctic Watch and its incredible team to bring a land-based polar adventure to our guests. They are in for a treat this summer with Chef Tse."

How to Book 

Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge expeditions are available from $7,995USD per person. Contact a Quark Expeditions® Polar Travel Adviser by telephone or live chat Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Travelers in North America may call toll free 1.888.892.0073 or +1.203.803.2666. Bookings can also be made online at

About Quark Expeditions®

For 25 years, Quark Expeditions® has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel. With its diverse fleet of specially equipped vessels, unique land-based adventures and seasoned expedition leaders, it offers travelers unparalleled access to the most remote regions on earth: the Arctic and Antarctica. In 2013, Quark Expeditions® was voted “World’s Leading Polar Expedition Operator” by the World Travel Awards™, received the “Blow the Budget” award from the Amadeus & World Travel Awards™ Travel Experience Awards and was named one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime for its “Three Arctic Islands” voyage. In 2014 it earned “World’s Leading Specialist Cruise Line” designation by the prestigious World Travel Awards™.

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