La. crowns local seafood king

A New Orleans, La., USA-based sandwich chef has earned the title of King of Louisiana Seafood.

Mike Brewer, of The Sammich restaurant, has been crowned winner of the eighth annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off, presented over the weekend by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.

Brewer (pictured, with Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne) won for his Sheepshead nachos with bacon fat tartar sauce and charred corn salsa. Chef Lyle Broussard of Jack Daniel's Bar & Grill in Lake Charles took second place with his pan roasted Gulf grouper with baby mustard greens, citrus salad and roasted white corn maque choux. Chef Michael Nelson of GW Fins in New Orleans took third with his New New Orleans oyster artichoke soup.

“Thanks to all 10 of the chefs and their assistants for participating in the Cook-Off.,” Lt. Governor Dardenne said. “The judges had a tough job choosing from such a talented field of competitors with their unique offerings. We are proud to welcome Mike Brewer as the new King of Louisiana Seafood and look forward to his serving as an ambassador for our brand and representing us at events throughout the year.”

Chef Brewer will represent Louisiana at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off on 8 August.

Judges included David Crews, 2013 winner of the Great American Seafood Cook-Off, executive and personal chef to several private clients and chef instructor at Mississippi Delta Community College; Sue Zemanick, executive chef of Gautreau’s in New Orleans, 2014 Best Chef: South by the James Beard Foundation and Bravo’s Top Chef Masters competitor; Daniel Schumacher, Louisiana Cookin’ editor-in-chief; and Randy Cheramie, executive director of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University.


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