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The Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition, through the Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation and with assistance from the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, Gulf Seafood Institute (GSI) and the Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA), will host the 11th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off.

The cook-off is supported by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, audited by the National Fisheries Institute and endorsed by the National Restaurant Association. The event will be held in conjunction with LRA Foodservice Expo in the Southwest Airlines Gulf Coast Seafood Pavilion in New Orleans, LA on 2 August.

Top-level executive chefs from around the nation will compete against each other while preparing sustainable, domestic seafood dishes using seafood that best represents their state. A panel of the nation's distinguished chefs and food lovers will judge the competition. The winner will be declared the “King or Queen of American Seafood 2014.”

The Great American Seafood Cook-Off helps to shine the spotlight on the nation’s domestic seafood communities and showcases seafood from various regions of the country. Last year's event was a success and in addition to nationwide print coverage, it is being broadcasted across the United States on more than 90 PBS stations. Louisiana Public Broadcasting is returning to produce this year’s show that will be offered to affiliates of PBS across the United States, underlining the national attention that this event receives.

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