The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser host The Great American seafood cook-off at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 6. The competition features 11 chefs, each representing a state. Chef Blake Phillips of Restaurant Sage in Monroe represents Louisiana. Competitors include Colette Nelson from Ludvig's Bistro in Sitka, Alaska; Chris Sherrill of the Flora-Bama Yacht Club in Pensacola, Florida; Peter McCarthy of EVOO in Cambridge, Massachussetts; Bethy Rossos, a catering chef from Oregon; and Santiago De La Cruz from Woodlands Country Club outside Houston, Texas. Judges include chef Jennifer Cole-Ruiz, winner of season eight of Food Network's Chopped, John State, executive chef of Disneyland Resorts and Parks, and others.
The annual competition began in 2004 and highlights the use of domestic seafood. Chef Beau Schooler of Juneau, Alaska won the 2015 competition. Michael Brewer, who owned the now-shuttered restaurant The Sammich, placed third last year.
Tickets to the competition are $5.