Chef Barton Seaver - Biography

October 2010

Chef, author, and National Geographic Fellow Barton Seaver is on a mission to help us restore our relationships with the ecosystems, people, and cultures of our world—through dinner. Seaver explores these themes in his first cookbook, For Cod & Country, his website [link to], and as host of both the National Geographic Web series “Cook-Wise” and the three-part TV series “In Search of Food.”

Before he was spreading the sustainability message, Seaver graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America. After traveling extensively in southern Spain and Morocco, Seaver returned to his native Washington, DC, in 2005 and began his career as a chef, first with Jose Andres at Jaleo, then as executive chef of Café Saint-Ex, and later at its sister restaurant Bar Pilar. In 2007, Seaver became chef-owner of the sustainable seafood restaurant Hook in Georgetown, which made the Washington Post’s Top 50 and Bon Appétit’s Top 10 Eco-Friendly Restaurants. In a single year, the restaurant served 78 species of seafood, and Seaver's devotion to sustainability led to national media attention. In 2008, he was honored as a “Seafood Champion” by the Seafood Choices Alliance and as “Rising Culinary Star of the Year” by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. He was named Esquire magazine’s “Chef of the Year” in 2009.

With National Geographic, Seaver works on ocean issues to increase awareness and inspire action. He also works closely with D.C. Central Kitchen, the School Nutrition Association, the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, and Future of Fish. Seaver’s work has been featured in Cooking Light, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Fortune, and Vanity Fair. He has appeared on CNN, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Weekend Edition,” and Bloomberg Radio. In 2010, he gave a TED Talk aboard the National Geographic Endeavor.