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May 21, 2014 11:28 PM by Kristen Holloway

An Acadiana Chef is Headed to the Louisiana Seafood Cook-off

An Acadiana chef is headed to the Louisiana Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans. Scott McCue is the only Acadiana chef featured at the prestigious event.

Currently McCue is the Executive Chef at Cypress Bayou Casino and Hotel. The competition gives each chef a chance to show off their abilities creating a flavorful dish.

"It's in an honor to be the only one selected in the Acadiana area, there's nine other chefs competing and most of them are from the New Orleans area," said McCue.

McCue has been cooking for over 26 years. He was born and raised in Arizona where he prepared his first dish in a small mexican restaurant.

"I was fascinated by what the cooks were doing and I asked questions and they kind of guided me in the right direction and I took it from there," said McCue.

The competing chefs will have an hour to cook one dish where the primary ingredients must be seafood. The catch, they have to prepare five plates, one for presentation and four plates for tasting and judging.

"I like keeping food simple and not over powering a dish or over flavoring a dish," said McCue. "So many chefs will complicate the dish with layers of flavor and that tends to mask the original flavor you started with."

The cook-off is this Saturday, May 24th at 1p.m. in the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. The winner will represent the state of Louisiana in another seafood cook-off in August.

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