Blue Dog chef Ryan Trahan named King of Seafood

Posted at 9:33 PM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 22:33:46-04

A Lafayette chef has been named King of Louisiana Seafood this evening, beating out eleven other competitors. 

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board crowned Chef Ryan Trahan of Blue Dog Café in Lafayette as the King of Louisiana Seafood at the 11th annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off, held this evening at the Cajundome Convention Center in conjunction with A Taste of Eat Lafayette.

Chef Trahan prepared a “Cracklin” Crusted Red Snapper with Pickled Crawfish Tails, Buttermilk Chili Consommé, Spring Vegetables, Burnt Leek Oil, Fermented Cream and Bowfin Caviar.

“We are thrilled to name Chef Ryan Trahan the 2018 King of Louisiana Seafood,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. “I look forward to working with him to represent the great state of Louisiana and our one of a kind, world famous Louisiana seafood. This is going to be an exciting year filled with opportunities to showcase our fresh Gulf seafood to the world.”

Chef Trahan’s first duty as King of Louisiana Seafood will be to represent the state at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off held on Aug. 4 in New Orleans, where he will compete against the nation’s top seafood chefs.

Chef Joshua Hebert of The Cabin Restaurant in Gonzales was named the runner-up. 

This year’s competitors were:

  • Chef Justin Ferguson, Baton Rouge (BRQ Restaurant)
  • Chef Noah Lessard, Baton Rouge (Ruffino’s)
  • Chef Paul Gibson, Breaux Bridge (Pont Breaux’s Cajun Restaurant)
  • Chef Scott McCue, Charenton (Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel)
  • Chef Joshua Hebert, Gonzales (The Cabin Restaurant)
  • Chef Kris Allen, Lafayette (Pamplona Tapas Bar & Restaurant)
  • Chef Ryan Trahan, Lafayette (Blue Dog Café)
  • Chef Justin East, Lake Charles (Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse at the Golden Nugget)
  • Chef Paige Lucas, Marksville (Pork Belly’s Bar and Grill)
  • Chef Richard Brennan III, New Orleans (Bourbon House)
  • Chef Anthony Felan, Shreveport (Fat Calf Boucherie)
  • Chef Nick Simons, Shreveport (Wine Country Bistro)