Chefs from around the country will compete at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on Saturday for the chance to become the King or Queen of Seafood in the Great American Seafood Cook-off. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says this is a chance for Louisiana to show off our fresh seafood.
He says it’s a win-win for the state and the chefs.
“It’s a great opportunity for these chefs to put their best foot forward with their special dish and compete to be the King or Queen of Seafood,” Nungesser said.
So far 13 chefs have entered to compete for the coveted title. Louisiana’s representative is Bonnie Breaux of St. Martinville. Nungesser says other chefs are coming from as far away as Alaska, Massachusetts, and New Mexico. He says it’s always exciting to see the passion these cooks put into their dishes.
“With these chefs it’s not just a meal, it’s entertaining. It’s the way they prepare it. They’ll all be timed. It’s a really great show to see,” Nungesser said.
Nungesser says the cook-off highlights the great seafood here in America, which he says is the best in the world. He says imported seafood just doesn’t compare to the fresh fish, crabs, and shrimp raised here in the Bayou State.
“We don’t know what they’re grown in, where they’re coming from, but we know our domestic seafood is the best in the world. We’ll see it this Saturday at the convention center here in New Orleans,” Nungesser said.
Tickets are $10 at the door.