Louisiana Chefs Will Battle It Out For The Title of King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood

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The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB) presents the premiere of the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off (LASCO).  Twelve of Louisiana’s most talented chefs who represent a variety of culinary establishments will gather for the competition on Saturday, May 24 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans as part of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) Grand Tasting.

The battle begins late morning and at 1 p.m., when the doors open to NOWFE attendees.  Each chef has up to one hour to stir, sizzle and sauté their Louisiana seafood dish, then at 3:30 p.m., after the judges have tasted and tallied the scores, one lucky chef will be crowned King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood. 

“By creating fabulous cuisine using Louisiana seafood as the main ingredient, these chefs are serving as ambassadors for the Louisiana seafood community,” said Ewell Smith, executive director of LSPMB.  “The chef who is named King or Queen will be receiving an incredible honor.” 

Chefs participating in the cook-off are Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery in New Orleans, Paul Gibson of Bonnie Bell’s Bistro in Lafayette, Terryl Jackson of Prejean’s in Lafayette, Brian Landry of Galatoire’s in New Orleans, Jorg Limper of L’Auberge du Lac in Lake Charles, Duke LoCicero of Café Giovanni in New Orleans, Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, Fred Nanato of Tsunami Restaurant in Baton Rouge, Phil O’Donnell of O’Donnell’s Restaurant in Ponchatoula, Bryan Smith of Randol’s Restaurant in Lafayette, Scott Vernadoe of Vernandoe’s at the Myrtles in St. Francisville and William Wells of Culinary Productions in Baton Rouge. 

“This outstanding group of chefs is sure to wow judges and NOWFE attendees alike,” said Jim Funk, President and CEO of the Louisiana Restaurant Association.  “Louisiana seafood and Louisiana chefs are the key ingredients in making Louisiana’s restaurants world-renowned.”

The winning chef of the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off will represent Louisiana in the fifth annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off (GASCO) on August 2 and 3 at the Louisiana Foodservice EXPO in the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.  GASCO is also presented by LSPMB and is the nation’s most prestigious seafood competition showcasing domestic, sustainable seafood and features premiere chefs from across the nation.  The National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is a primary sponsor for the two day event.

Participants in the NOWFE Grand Tasting event, which pairs offerings from New Orleans’ finest chefs with wine from around the world, will be able to view the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off.  Tickets can be purchased at www.NOWFE.com

The Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off is supported by the Louisiana Office of the Lieutenant Governor (OLG), the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism (CRT) and the Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT).

For more information about the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off, visit www.LouisianaSeafood.com.

For more information, contact Ashley Roth at 504-283-8292 or ashley [at] louisianaseafood [dot] com.