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|Jolie's Augello, assisted by Gus Anderson with the George Rodrigue Foundation, chose Vermilion snapper, which he hand-braised with baby heirloom tomatoes and a roasted garlic fume.|
Chefs Manny Augello of Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro and Dustie Latiolais of Crawfish Town USA in Henderson were among the 10 chefs from around the state selected by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to compete for the King of Louisiana Seafood crown.
The chefs were given one hour each to prepare their dishes on-site at the New Orleans Convention Center while hundreds of Wine and Food Experience attendees gathered to watch the culinary creations come to life. The cook-off was held in conjunction with the Wine and Food Experience’s Grand Tasting Event in which hundreds of New Orleans restaurants and bakeries set up alongside countless regional and national wineries to serve wine, spirits and food samples to the record crowd.
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|Crawfish Town USA's Latiolais and wife Denise served up Cypremort Point soft shell crabs.|
Latiolais and wife Denise, his sous chef for the competition, served up Cypremort Point soft shell crabs, fried half with flour and half with a special breading, Latiolais said at Saturday’s event. The crabs were double battered for a “crispy coating” and served over a crawfish and tasso corn maque choux.
“I picked the crabs up from Cypremort Point yesterday,” Latiolais said. “They were still alive when I cleaned them here today.”
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|The sauce for Augello's snapper was a chimichurri of garlic, anchovies and tarragon.|
Augello and his assistant for the day, Gus Anderson with the George Rodrigue Foundation, chose Vermilion snapper that was hand-braised with baby heirloom tomatoes and a roasted garlic fume, Augello said. The fish stock was “intensified” with Louisiana-roasted shrimp head and served with toast topped with a roasted corn almond romesco. The sauce for the snapper was an exquisite chimichurri of garlic, anchovies and tarragon.
Chef Cody Carroll of Hot Tails Restaurant in New Roads was crowned King of Louisiana Seafood, with New Orleans chefs Tommy DiGiovanni and Guy Sockrider taking second and third place, respectively.
The King of Louisiana Seafood title means Carroll will spend the next year acting as an ambassador and spokesman of Louisiana seafood at various events. He’ll also be representing Louisiana when he competes in the 10th annual Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans Aug. 3.
Although the two Acadiana chefs didn’t make the winners circle this year, both said they were grateful for the opportunity to compete.
Judges for the cook-off were Rein Fertel, contributing writer to national and regional publications; Chef Tenney Flynn, executive chef of GW Fins; Errol Laborde, editor-in-chief of Louisiana Life Magazine, and Megan Murphy, a New York-based food writer, blogger, host and creator of ThisGirlCanEat.com.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
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Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
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Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.