The search is on for Wild American Shrimp’s 2019 Chef of the Year

Published on
September 12, 2019

The search is on for the 2019 Chef of the Year, with nominations for the distinction now being accepted by Wild American Shrimp, the American Shrimp Processors Association’s (ASPA) marketing program for wild-caught Gulf and South Atlantic shrimp.  

Only one of Wild American Shrimp’s 38 Chef Advocates will earn the title of “Admiral of Advocacy” and be crowned Chef of the Year by ASPA. Certain criteria must be met for a chef to qualify for the award competition, including: promotion of Wild American Shrimp via personal social media channels, TV appearances, and other media opportunities; involvement in philanthropic efforts within their respective communities; sustainability efforts; inclusion of two or more dishes containing Wild American Shrimp at their restaurant(s); and the reception of at least one culinary excellence award.

Nominations for the 2019 Chef of the Year contest are due by Friday, 11 October. An ASPA board member, an ASPA member shrimp processor, and a member of the Wild American Shrimp marketing team will review and narrow down the applicant pool, then choose three finalists out of all the qualified nominations. The winner will receive a custom designed plaque, official proclamation, and USD 500 (EUR 451) for a charity of their choosing. 

Wild American Shrimp Chef Advocates can be nominated for the award by their peers, a publicist, or a customer; they can also nominate themselves. The 2019 Chef of the Year will be announced on Wild American Shrimp’s Facebook page on Friday, 25 October. The event runs in tandem with National Seafood Month, which takes place in October in the United States. 

Photo courtesy of Wild American Shrimp

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