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Curtis Stone Says Chefs for Seals Misrepresented Him

cstoneseal.jpg[Photo: Eater]

Michael Smith told him to "grow a pair". John Bil took him to task for a $75,000 payola from a Prince Edward Island shellfish festival. Now, finally, Curtis Stone has issued a statement about his involvement with the Humane Society/Nigel Barker-led 'Chefs for Seals' campaign to ban Canadian seafood.

All this on the heels of boycott disavowals this week from Michelin star chef Daniel Patterson and Husk's Sean Brock. Stone's cagey statement stops short, however, of a complete withdrawal from the seafood ban.

The full text of Curtis Stone's statement today:

Hey guys, I know there has been a lot of buzz about the @ChefsForSeals campaign over the past couple of days. This is a very important issue and I'd like to share where I stand on this. I love Canada and the friendly people there always give me a real, warm reception every time I visit. I also support and use a variety of incredible Canadian ingredients. As a chef, I care strongly about sourcing my seafood from sustainable and humane fisheries. I signed the Chefs for Seals pledge after learning about the unnecessary and inhumane slaughter of baby seals for their fur. It is my hope that Canada's fishing industry will end this cruel and needless slaughter as soon as possible. However, the scope of my partnership with Chefs for Seals has been misrepresented by @HumaneSociety. I would like to clarify that I lend my support to Canadian fisheries that do not engage in the needless slaughter of baby seals for their fur.

This non-denial denial comes at a fortuitous time for Stone. The celebrity chef is slated to be in Toronto on November 9 for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

· Chefs for Seals [PBS]
· All Seal Coverage [EMTL]