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Jun 28, 2010 3:40 PM by Melissa Canone

Chefs and Food Stars: Stop Worrying About Gulf Of Mexico Seafood

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - They are James Beard award winners, Food
Network stars, Top Chef consultants, and providers of some of some
of the most prized dishes in the country, and they had a single
message - stop worrying about Gulf of Mexico seafood, and buy it.
The chefs spoke at a marina where dozens of idle shrimp boats
were docked.
Tom Colicchio, a James Beard winner and owner of several
restaurants in New York City and other places, says he usually
prefers seafood from the North Atlantic - but is going to be
serving Louisiana seafood.
Fishing has been shut down in some areas of the Gulf because of
the vast BP oil spill. But Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries
Secretary Robert Barham says 70 percent of the Gulf remains open
and seafood in those areas is untainted.

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