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Louisiana Seafood Cookoff continues call for chefs

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Posted at 11:17 AM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 12:17:37-04

The search continues for chefs to participate in the 13th Annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off.

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board says that chefs from across the state who meet the eligibility standards are invited to submit their applications by Friday, July 13, 2020.

The winner of this year's competition, which is being held on Tuesday, August 25 at Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette, will have honor of being crowned King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood.

“This move to late summer will serve as a celebration of our state’s talented chefs’ return to their kitchens. It’s also a chance to highlight the re-opening of the many unique restaurants not just in Lafayette, but around Louisiana, as we work to be able to safely welcome visitors back to our state,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser in a press release. “Louisiana is a place where you can Feed Your Soul with great seafood found in our largest cities all the way to our smallest towns. The winner of the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off plays a very important role in educating people from around the world on the flavor and sustainability of Louisiana seafood, which is a core piece of our culture, from fine dining to backyard boils.”

This will be the fourth consecutive year the event is being held in Lafayette. According to the Lieutenant Governor's Office, the city has more restaurants per capita than any other American city.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the lieutenant governor's has provided guidelines for the cookoff:

Safety

The well-being of our competing chefs, judges, and guests will be our top priority. The Louisiana Seafood Board will take extra precautions to create a safe environment for all who attend the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off and Taste of EatLafayette reception. The Louisiana Seafood Board will follow all guidelines set forth by state regulations and Centers for Disease Control recommendations.

Specific precautions

Our chefs always compete 6’ (six feet) apart. Additionally, new floor plans will be put in place to adhere to social distancing. Enhanced food sanitation and safety protocols will be used for chefs and judges. Organizers will be required to wear facemasks and safety signage will be posted throughout the venue.

Previous winners of the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off include:

  • 2008: Brian Landry
  • 2009: Tory McPhail
  • 2010: Chris Lusk
  • 2011: Cory Bahr
  • 2012: Keith and Nealy Frentz
  • 2013: Cody and Samantha Carroll
  • 2014: Aaron Burgau
  • 2015: Michael Brewer
  • 2016: Blake Phillips
  • 2017: Bonnie Breaux
  • 2018: Ryan Trahan
  • 2019: Nathan Richard

To enter chefs must be the executive chef for a free-standing Louisiana restaurant belonging to the Louisiana Restaurant Association. Entry forms, information on previous cook-offs, and updates on the event may be found at LouisianaSeafood.com.

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