4-H teams from across the United States have been invited to participate in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off: 4-H Edition.
In 2010, Dwight Landreneau with the LSU AgCenter and Ewell Smith, Executive Director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board, decided that 4-H members should be allowed to share in the same culinary excitement that professional chefs experience at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans each year inclusive of time limits, competitive judging and presentations of their plated dish to the media! The inaugural 4-H Edition of the Great American Seafood Cook-Off began in 2010 with four states competing for top honors – Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Louisiana.
In 2011, 4-H teams from Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Louisiana once again vied for top honors in the seafood industry. The Jackson County, MS team won the top prize of Grand Champion for its Cheddar Biscuit Crabmeat Hollandaise. The Vermilion Parish, LA team took second place with its Sensational Seafood Medley, and the team from Pike County, AR received third place honors for its Spicy Shrimp Spectacular.
In 2012, high school 4-H teams competed at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off on August 12, 2012, in New Orleans at the Morial Convention Center in Hall J.
The following states participated in the competition: Arkansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Judges for the 2012 4-H Edition of the Great American Seafood Cook-Off included Stephen Barr (Founder and Chairman of Osborn Barr), Katy Coba (Director of Oregon Department of Agriculture), David Epstein (Principal with J.H. Chapman Group, LLC), Jennifer Sirangelo (Executive Vice President 4-H Council).
For more information, please contact:
Quincy L. Cheek
LSU AgCenter, Family & Consumer Sciences – Nutrition
300 Grady Britt Drive
Alexandria, LA 71302