Sitka chef to partake in seafood cookoff

Release Date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

From Capitol City Weekly

By Cew Staff Report

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will welcome Sitka Chef Colette Nelson from Ludvig’s Bistro, along with chefs from across the country, to the nation’s ultimate seafood cooking competition Aug. 6. The 2016 Great American Seafood Cook-Off will be held at the Ernest Morial Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. in front of a live audience.

During the competition, each chef will prepare a dish that best promotes the use of domestic seafood while interacting with a live audience, celebrity hosts Chef Cory Bahr and Louisiana news personality Johnny Ahysen, as well as Chef Ref Randy Cheramie. Each dish will be presented to a notable panel of six national judges, who will score based on presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship and flavor. In its 13th year, the 2016 Great American Seafood Cook-Off promotes quality and variety of domestic seafood.

To be eligible to compete in the event, chefs must either hold the current title of King or Queen of Seafood or be appointed by the governor of their respective state.

Colette Nelson spent three seasons salmon fishing in the Gulf of Alaska. Realizing the enormity and grandeur of the sea; baiting hooks, hauling gear, running lines, and cooking in the galley, Nelson found great pleasure in knowing where her food came from.

After traveling in Europe and living in Spain, she returned to Alaska to create beautiful and healthy Mediterranean cuisine with some of the world’s freshest and wildest seafood.

For 14 years Nelson has been the Executive Chef and Owner of Ludvig’s Bistro, a seafood restaurant specializing in Mediterranean flavors. It has been praised by The New York Times, the UK Guardian, Rachel Ray, The Miami Herald and Fodor’s as a true a passion place. Nelson also has worked with the Sitka Conservation Society teaming up with the “Fish to Schools” program. She takes great pride in foraging local and exciting products for her menu.

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