from throughout the United States are gathering in New Orleans this evening for
the 2009 Great American Seafood Cook-Off, which you may have seen in the past on
Food Network. Tonight, it's all about good times and the competing chefs will be
treated like royalty and chauffeured around by the NOPD to the Big Easy’s finest
But tomorrow, it’ll
be competition time. The event is sponsored by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion
& Marketing Board, which has featured both up-and-coming and celebrity chefs
over the years like John Besh. The event underscores the importance of cooking
with domestic seafood and encourages the use of products from sustainable
15 states have registered chefs including Alabama, California, Idaho, Illinois,
Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas,
Rhode Island and West Virginia. Louisiana will be represented by Chef Tory
McPhail of Commander's Palace.
Hansen, the commercial fishing captain who stars in the popular documentary
television show “Deadliest Catch,” and Chef John Folse, who is often recognized
as Louisiana's Culinary Ambassador to the World, will co-host the 2009 Great
American Seafood Cook Off.
take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center during the Louisiana
Foodservice Expo. Open to the public, the event asks attendees to make a $5 to
$10 donation at the door. The Cook Off will begin at noon and conclude at 4
winners of the Great American Seafood Cook Off include John Currence of City
Grocery in Oxford, Miss., Tim Thomas of the Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea
Island, Ga., Justin Timineri, executive chef for the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services, Randy Evans of Brennan's of Houston, and John
Besh of Restaurant August in New Orleans.
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