Gardner Douglas, a.k.a., the Oyster Ninja, was born and raised on the Virginia Eastern Shore in the rural town of Withams, VA. The married US Army veteran is a devoted family man.
He is also a champion oyster shucker. The art of oyster shucking is lost on most until you decide to try opening an oyster yourself. Gardner is a sought after expert that works with caterers, bars, parties, and special event to provide the seafood delicacies.
Gardner has been shucking oysters for ten years and can be found mainly in the DC metropolitan area. Gardner learned the art of shucking from his father, and fellow oyster champion, Samuel “Sam Sam” Fisher. Gardner has shucked at the best raw bars in DC including Whaleys, Rappahannock River Oysters, The Local Oyster, and The Walrus & Ale Oyster bar. He has also shucked at DC’s most premier events include Chef for Equality, the DC oyster Festival, The St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival, Shuck-n-Suck, and The Oyster Riot at Dc’s Historical restaurant, Old Ebbits Grill. As a business owner, running his own oyster catering service and mobile raw bar, Gardner has shucked for some of DC’s most elite.
Currently, Gardner can be heard sharing his knowledge about oysters and shucking skills with the world via his podcast The Oyster Ninja, which centers around oysters, oyster shuckers, farmers and other oyster related things. Gardner has been the focal point of a few documentaries including Son of Sam, Sam, the Shucking man and My DC Story on Instagram. The oyster ninja can also be spotted in the Eating Oysters: Chesapeake Style a Maryland PBS documentary.
Whether on camera or behind an oyster bar, Gardner Douglas’ personality is infectious. He draws you into the art of oyster shucking as if you were watching a performance. Gardner Douglas’ shucking skills are a work of art. There is no wonder that they call him the Oyster Ninja, as his techniques make shucking oysters look as easy as eating them.
Rev. Kenn Blanchard is a professional speaker, writer, podcaster, and digital influencer. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook He is the force behind BlackManWithAGun.com, founder of Blanchard.Media and the SpeaklifeChurch.net Tags: DC, ecology, food, niche, Old Ebbits Grill, oyster, oyster shucking, podcasting, professional, Rappahannock River Oysters, seafood, service, services, The Local Oyster, The Walrus & Ale Oyster bar, Washington, Whaleys