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      January 30, 2021 - January 31, 2021


      1 Fishermans Wharf
      Monterey, California 93940

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      11th Annual Whalefest Monterey

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      Whalefest Monterey 2021 Fundraiser:

      Chef Tene Shake’s Virtual Seafood Cooking Demonstration on August 13th


      Monterey, CA. July 24, 2020.  The community is cordially invited to a special Whalefest Monterey Virtual Fundraiser featuring award-winning Chef Tene Shake’s Virtual Seafood Cooking Demonstration on Thursday, August 13th at 5:00 p.m. at Old Fisherman’s Wharf.

      Watch Chef Tene Shake on Facebook Live on Learn the secrets and shortcuts of making fabulous Classic Fisherman’s Wharf’s Cioppino and More with sustainable seafood.  If you miss it, view the Seafood Cooking Demo on the Whalefest Monterey page on

      All donors will also receive the recipe for the Classic Fisherman’s Wharf’s Cioppino! Donate to Whalefest Monterey by going to the Whalefest Monterey page on or by clicking

      According to Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis, Chair of Whalefest Monterey, “Award-winning Chef Tene Shake has a wonderful mastery of preparing delectable dishes from the bounty of the sea. We always learn some useful cooking strategies to use at home when cooking fresh seafood from the Monterey Bay. Thank you for tuning in and for your generous support of Whalefest Monterey.

      The organizers of Whalefest Monterey and Fisherman’s Wharf Association also recently hosted the Whalefest Monterey 2021 Summer Student Essay Contest for grades 6-12 with a $100 cash prize for each grade.

      More information: [email protected] or 831-238-0777.

      About Whalefest Monterey

      The 11th Annual Whalefest Monterey is planned to  be held at and around Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Custom House Plaza – Monterey State Historic Park in Monterey, California, The Whale Watching Capital of the World on Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This outstanding educational 2-day Whalefest Monterey and Symposium is hosted by Presenting Sponsor Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf Association.

      Whalefest Monterey is a free, fun and educational interactive family event for all ages on Old Fisherman’s Wharf that celebrates the biodiversity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and much more! The event, which features a 2-day Symposium with world-renowned marine experts and dozens of exhibit booths, benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). There will also be a variety of live musical entertainment at the head of the Wharf

      Whale watchers come from around the world to view hundreds of whales, orcas, dolphins and pelicans that continue to feast on a “krill and anchovy buffet” in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Throughout the year, this Whale Watching Capital of the World offers sightings of 15 species of whales, 10 species of dolphins, 2 species of porpoise, 6 species of pinnipeds and 1 species of Fissiped (sea otter).

      About Tene Shake

      Tene Shake has been described as THE seafood chef of the Central Coast. Born and raised in the “Sardine Capital of the World,” Tene grew up exploring commercial fishing boats, seafood processing plants and great restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula. Restauranteurs and fishermen from historic Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California taught him the secrets to creating unbelievable seafood dishes and the importance of supporting sustainable seafood practices.

      Tene is also Co-creator and Co=founder of LiveTraxs Digital Events, a music tech company. He is responsible for over $30 million dollars in real estate acquisitions and has built a hospitality company with over 350 employees.

      The Shake family has been in Monterey for generations and has played an integral role in the rich history and success of Fisherman’s Wharf. Their legacy lives on today, operating several restaurants, fish markets, and boats. Tene is the youngest of five brothers, thus earning him the nickname “Tene.” He was fascinated by seafood from a young age and learned as much as he could from his brothers and the family restaurant, the iconic “Old Fisherman’s Grotto” and his father, legendary chef/restaurateur, Sabu Shake. At age eleven, Tene, continued his training, working as a cook at the Cove Restaurant for the Crivello Family. As a teenager, Tene managed the family fish market business and delivered seafood to the local restaurants. Co-owner of the Sardine Factory, Certified Executive Chef, Bert Cutino, inspired Tene on the importance of fine food and service at a young age and still continues to support and inspire and mentor him.  Tene, graduated from Bethany University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in 1988. Following college, he completed levels 1-3 at the California Culinary Academy & attended classes Le Cordon Bleu and the International Culinary Center/French Culinary Institute.

      A passion for cooking, hard work, and exquisite culinary imagination led to early success for Tene. In 1994, he was awarded one of “America’s Young Chefs” by the American Academy of Restaurants and Hospitality Sciences.  Having the honor of being featured on the television series, “Celebrated Chefs”, in 2005, he became host and chef of “Coastal Cuisine” a nationally aired cooking show which received a TELLY Award in 2005.  Tene is also currently the President of Les Toques Blanches, a member of Chaine des Rotisseurs (the oldest and largest food and wine society), Chairman of the board & immediate past president of the American Culinary Federation Monterey Bay. In 2014, Tene led the ACF Monterey to win their first national title “Chapter of the Year” he was also awarded two presidential medallions.  2014 Inducted as Disciples of Escoffier International USA, 2015 Inducted into the Antonin Careme Society, current adviser to the Monterey County Health Department, and current member, Advisory committee for the Drummond Culinary Academy at Rancho Cielo. He was also a trustee at Bethany University from 1992-2002

      Tene lives in Monterey County with his wife, Tracy. 2019 marks the celebration of their 37th wedding anniversary.

      Corporate Sponsors and Donations

      Donations can be made and corporate sponsorships are available now for the 11th Annual Whalefest Monterey.  Please contact Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis at [email protected] for more details. Marine Life Studies is the 501(c)3 non-profit fiscal sponsor of Whalefest Monterey.    

      For more information about Whalefest Monterey, write to [email protected] or call (831) 238-0777.  Here is a link to the past January 25-26, 2020 Whalefest Monterey Press Release:  CLICK HERE

       Please Note: Essay Contest Submission is Closed.

      Please check out our new Whalefest Monterey Essay Contest below to enter to win a cash prize!

      Please select one of the 2020 Whalefest Monterey Symposium Presentations listed below.

      On your essay submission, please include your name, grade, school and email address and phone.

      When you initially email your essay, please be sure you receive a confirmation or resend it again. 

      Click here for more important Essay Contest details.

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