Shrimp dish wins Mississippi chef King of American Seafood crown

The 13th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off crowned executive chef Alex Eaton of Manship Wood Fired Kitchen as the new King of American Seafood this past Saturday, 6 August, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Eaton, from Jackson, Mississippi, beat out 10 other U.S. chefs for the title, winning with his “trio of Gulf shrimp” dish, reported The dish featured barbecued brown shrimp, Mediterranean-style white shrimp and “florid”-style royal red shrimp.

"I spent some time cooking in New Orleans, so I had to do a shout-out with the barbecue shrimp," Eaton explained to about the dish.

Created by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board in 2004 as a means to promote Gulf of Mexico seafood, the Great American Seafood Cook-Off takes place in conjunction with the Louisiana Food Service and Hospitality Expo. 

Eaton took the crown from last year’s winner, Alaska chef Beau Schooler.


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