All-star celebrity chefs prepare to compete in Fish-Off Challenge

This year’s annual Taste of the Sea – “100 Years of Fishing History” event will see a group of all-star chefs make their way to Dania Beach, Florida, U.S.A. on 1 October to show off their culinary prowess cooking with responsibly sourced seafood for the “Fish-Off” Challenge.

Guests attending Taste of the Sea, which is in its third year, will vote for the seafood dish they like best from the six celebrity chefs going head-to-head for the Fish-Off, crafted in the competitive style of the Food Network’s “Chopped” TV series. Attendees of the event, put on by the Sea Delight Ocean Fund and presented by Allied Kitchen & Bath, will also be able to participate in raffles, listen to live music and witness an interactive conservation village.

“We are very excited to host our 3rd Annual Taste of the Sea ‘100 Years of Fishing History’ and bring to South Florida an incredible array of celebrity chefs preparing delicious seafood dishes using responsibly sourced seafood,” said Adriana Sanchez, Sustainability Director of Sea Delight and President of the Sea Delight Ocean Fund. “We are working with many of the most talented chefs who support our organization’s goal of creating awareness about seafood sustainability.”

The event has drawn support from Preferred Freezer Services and Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC; Foa & Son Insurance Brokers and Robert Shapiro and Associates are new sponsors for the event this year.

“On the occasion of celebrating ‘100 Years of Fishing History,’ we are reminded through our sponsorship of the Sea Delight Ocean Fund’s Taste of the Sea the importance of preserving and improving sustainable global fisheries for future generations,” said Brian Beattie, President of Preferred Freezer Services, in a release.

The chefs who will attend Taste of the Sea this year include:

  • Chef Robyn Almodovar, Winner of both of the Food Network’s shows "Chopped" and "Cut Throat Kitchen," contestant of Fox’s "Hell’s Kitchen" and owner of the Palate Party food truck. Chef Robyn is serving as Host of the Taste of the Sea’s Live “Chopped” competition.
  • Winner of Food Network’s "Chopped," Chef Adrienne Grenier is Executive Chef of 3030 Ocean at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort.
  • Red Robin “Burger Winner” Chef Michell Sanchez, of Latin House Grill, winner of the 2nd Annual Taste of the Sea Fish-Off Challenge and a contestant on both of Food Network’s "Chopped: and featured on "Diners, Drive Ins and Dives,"
  • Chef Barret Beyer, contestant on Fox’s "Hell’s Kitchen" during Season 11, Food Network’s "Kitchen Casino" and "Cutthroat Kitchen," is known as the “palate pirate” throughout Long Island, New York.
  • Chef Alain Lemaire, contestant on Food Network’s "Cutthroat Kitchen" and owner of Sensory Delights Catering, a full service off premises caterer.
  • Chef Alex Rodil, contestant on both Food Network’s "Chopped" and "Cutthroat Kitchen" and owner of On the Fly private catering for the yachting industry.
  • Chef Nuno Grullon, of Miami’s new Café Roval and known internationally for its innovative menu highlighting seasonal, farm-to-table ingredients and featured on Bravo’s "Best New Restaurant."
  • Chef Ryan Martin, owner of 180° at the DRB in downtown Miami is known worldwide for his global flavors and his Gastronomy Redefined.
  • Chef Aaron Dreilinger, is partner and co-owner of Chef David Catering and Event Design, one of Miami’s premier gastronomic event planning enterprises.
  • Sous Chef Rod Knight of Thursday's, the newest French-American restaurant on Las Olas that is known for its landmark status in Montreal, Canada.
  • Executive Chef Eric Baker of Max’s Harvest is known for his innovative dishes made with locally sourced products with a global influence. Max’s Harvest, was the first farm to fork concept to open in Palm Beach County.
  • Chef Kareem Anguin, formerly of Oceanaire Seafood Room and now raising cobia in the open ocean off the coast of Panama.
  • Chef Rolin Gordon, owner of the acclaimed Tropic Gourmet Spice & Catering and his own Tropic Gourmet Hot Sauce.
  • Chef and Gastronomy Professor Raimundo Rincon of Federacion Lationamericana Gastronomia and 3R Catering Miami.

“It is truly inspiring to work with organizations focused on the health of our oceans alongside these gifted culinary masters,” said Sanchez.

Spirits will be provided by P&G Fine Wines, Iceberg Vodka, Cockspur Rum, Baron Tequila, Hartfield & Company Bourbon, Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, and desserts will be prepared by Pastry Chef Anthony Billisi of Mimi’s Ravioli. The sustainably sourced seafood to be used during the event will be donated by Sea Delight, Pier 33 Gourmet, Marky’s Caviar and Mariner Seafood.

FishWise and the World Wildlife Fund will also be in attendance at Taste of the Sea, which will be taking place from 6:30  to 11 p.m. EST at the Gallery of Amazing Things, located in Dania Beach, Florida.

“Everyone has a role to play in ocean conservation and this event is a unique opportunity to bring the south Florida community closer to important fishery improvement projects,” said Wendy Goyert, Senior Program Officer for WWF. “Sustainable seafood doesn’t just end up on the plate at a local restaurant. It starts with hard work on the ground in coastal communities from Southeast Asia to Latin America and the Caribbean. We look forward to making that connection for people attending Taste of the Sea.”

"As one of Sea Delight's sustainability partners, FishWise is extremely proud to be involved in what promises to be a fantastic event in Miami. We're excited to share the story of how Sea Delight has continued to strengthen its commitment to sourcing responsible seafood, and of course, try some of the amazing seafood creations on offer,” added “Bill” William Wall, Distributor Division Director of Fishwise.

Tickets for the event can be purchased are USD 50 per person or USD 75 for couples, with VIP tickets are ranging from USD 100 per person or USD 175 per pair. Find more information about the event here:


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