Date set for Great American Seafood Cook-Off

A list of a dozen competing chefs from all over the United States are gearing up for the 12th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off, scheduled for Saturday, 8 August, in Louisiana.

The state’s Lieutenant Governor, Jay Dardenne, announced the date for the event, which will take place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

“Louisiana Seafood is renowned worldwide, and we’re proud that so many prestigious chefs want to come here to demonstrate their creativity using their own states’ native seafood,” Dardenne said. “Our centuries-old and world-famous seafood culture makes New Orleans and Louisiana a natural fit for such a significant culinary competition.”

Cory Bahr, chef/owner of Cotton and Nonna restaurants in Monroe, La. and a former Cook-Off competitor himself, will serve as master of ceremonies, and Chef Randy Cheramie, executive director of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University, will oversee the competition, affectionately referred to as the “chef ref.”

The contest’s judges will include Brooke Bell, editor of Taste of the South and editorial director of Louisiana Cookin’; Steve Green, founder and CEO of #Foodiechats; Anne E. McBride, culinary program and editorial director for strategic initiatives at The Culinary Institute of America; Barton Seaver, director of the Healthy and Sustainable Food program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; chef Rick Tramonto, executive chef and founding partner of Tru in Chicago and chef Wesley True, who took second place as a competitor in the 2010 Cook-Off.


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