Alabama chef to battle 15 others from around the country in seafood competition

Here on Central Alabama Weekend we love food, and that’s no secret. We’ve covered places using 100-year-old fried chicken recipes, unique frozen yogurt shops, and restaurants housed inside old schoolhouses. As a whole, Alabama’s a center of awesome food. So, it’s only natural that one of our chefs was selected to compete against 15 others from around the country to see who can craft the best seafood dish.

The event is currently slated for Aug. 3, 2019. (Source: Louisiana Seafood)

Chef Ramon Jacobsen, who works at Odette in Florence, AL, was Alabama’s choice; each one was picked by the respective state’s lieutenant-governor. That leads us to believe that Will Ainsworth was the guy who pointed Jacobsen out.

Now, who will he be competing against? Check out the full list right here:

  • Chef Adam Marcum; Rustic Goat; Anchorage, Alaska
  • Chef Michelle Minori; San Francisco, California (Smart Catch Program Participant)
  • Chef Jorel Pierce; Tag Restaurant; Denver, Colorado (Smart Catch Program Participant)
  • Chef Louis Scaramuzzi; Salt Rock Grill; Indian Shores, Florida
  • Chef Gary Mennie; il Giallo Osteria & Bar; Sandy Springs, Georgia
  • Chef Peter Duenas; Meskla Chamoru Fusion Bistro; Hagatna, Guam
  • Chef Nathan Richard;Cavan Restaurant & Bar; New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Chef Paul Turano; Cook Newton; Newton, Massachusetts
  • Chef Hunter Evans; Lou’s Full-Serv; Jackson, Mississippi
  • Chef TJ Steele; Claro BK; Brooklyn, New York (Smart Catch Program Participant)
  • Chef Jackie Paige-Heidelberg; Love Rocks Café; McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
  • Chef Danny Smith; Frank’s Outback; Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
  • Chef Christa Hare; Matilda Midnight; Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Chef Jesse Cavazos; Nick’s Fish Dive & Oyster Bar; The Woodlands, TX
  • Chef Zoi Antonitsas; Seattle, Washington (Smart Catch Program Participant)

The Great American Seafood Cook-Off, put on by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, will take place at the Ernest N Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on Saturday, August 3. It’s the event’s 16th year and it just so happens that it features 16 competitors.

Opening Ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m. as the chefs cook in front of live audiences. There’ll be a panel of “nationally-acclaimed” judges to host the competition.

“The Great American Seafood Cook-off is the perfect stage to celebrate Louisiana and America’s domestic seafood industry – the best in the world,” said Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungresser. “This year there will be a very talented field of chefs from all over the country vying to be crowned the next ‘King or Queen of American seafood’ right here in New Orleans.”

And the coolest part about all of this is perhaps that you can attend! The live event is held alongside the Louisiana Restaurant Association Foodservice Expo. It costs just $10.00 to get in, but we’ve no idea what seating or crowds will look like. Find out more about directions, tickets, and other logistics over at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off website.

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