Following John Varanese’s three consecutive wins at the Great Kentucky Seafood Cook-Off, Varanese chef Erik Abraham took home the prize July 16 — his ticket to represent Kentucky at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans on Aug. 11. Chef Hollis Barnett of Varanese will accompany him.
Chefs Melissa Bouchard and Clifford Picket of DiMillo's Restaurant are getting ready to compete in the Great American Seafood Cookoff. Chefs are asked to create unique dishes with domestic seafood that is native to their home states.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and the organizers of the ninth annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off are challenging each state to send its top chef to New Orleans, where the finest seafood chef in America will be crowned August 4.
Producers of the Great American Seafood Cook-Off have confirmed the judge’s panel for this year’s event, which is set to occur on Saturday, August 11, 2012 in New Orleans. This summer will mark the Cook-Off’s ninth year.
Each year, a group of discriminating culinary experts is selected to critique the seafood dishes that are prepared by competing chefs from around the United States. Judges for the 2012 Great American Seafood Cook-Off include:
In response to a challenge by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to appoint a chef to represent Maine, Gov. Paul LePage anointed Chef Melissa Bouchard and her assistant, Chef Clifford Pickett, as "Team Maine" for the competition.
Bouchard and Pickett will compete against other top-level professional chefs from around the country on Aug. 11 for the title of "King/Queen of American Seafood."
Louisiana Governor Issues Official Invitation to 2012 Great American Seafood Cook-Off
Governor Bobby Jindal recently sent out his formal invitation to governors across the United States, inviting them to select an outstanding executive chef to represent his or her state in the upcoming Great American Seafood Cook-Off that will be held in New Orleans on August 11, 2012. Click here to see his letter of invitation, the rules and regulations for participating, as well as the state entry application form.
Chef Smith Edges Tops Chefs From Around The U.S. to Become King of American Seafood
NEW ORLEANS (August 6, 2011) – Chef Jim Smith, executive chef of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion, took first place at the eighth annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans today. He impressed the judges with a dish titled “Late Summer Alabama Bounty” that featured sous vide shrimp and marinated crab with garam masala, scented yellow squash puree, farmers market lady peas, bacon-peach relish and Spanish basil oil.
Congratulations to Mississippi’s Chef John Currence! He beat out 14 other prestigious chefs from across the nation to be crowned King of American Seafood at the 2008 Fifth Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off!
Tim Thomas, of Georgia, Crowned 2007 King of American Seafood With the Brazilian sounds of Casa Samba vibrating in the huge hall and a performer dressed in tails dancing while expertly sliding wands of fire down her throat, the opening of the final day of the 2007 Great American Seafood Cook-Off could not have been hotter!