11 chefs compete Saturday at NOWFE to wear Louisiana Seafood Cook-off crown
By Ann Maloney
Do you just love a good realty TV cooking show competition? Why watch from the couch when you can be there in person to see, smell and taste the action?
The ninth annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off will bring 11 chefs to the stage on Saturday (May 28) during the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience's Grand Tasting at the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center.
The chefs from across the state will vie to be named king or queen of Louisiana Seafood.
The contest, sponsored by the the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, will feature the following New Orleans chefs: Bradley Andries of Sac-a-lait, Brian Bajon of Barcadia, Mark Quitney of Roux Bistro, Nathan Richard of Kingfish Kitchen & Cocktails, and Amy Sins of Langlois.
Other Louisiana chefs competing include: Lyle Broussard of Jack Daniel's Bar and Grill in Lake Charles, Ryan Gaudet of Spahr's Seafood in Des Allemands, Celeste Gill of Cooking Up Louisiana Treasure in Baton Rouge, Frederick Ngo of Jimmy's Seafood & Steak in Bossier City, Blake Phillips of Restaurant Sage in Monroe and Scott Varnedoe of Restaurant IPO in Baton Rouge.
The king or queen is expected to be crowned at 8:30 p.m. NOWFE's Grand Tasting is from 6 to 9 p.m. and features rooms filled with more than 1,000 wines as well as small plates from 75 New Orleans and Louisiana chefs. Tickets are $175 and available at NOWFE.com.
NOWFE is a nonprofit, which donates to culinary education and to fight hunger.
Chef Jeff Henderson, host of "Flip My Food," and 2011 King of Louisiana Seafood chef Cory Bahr of Monroe will serve as masters of ceremony.
Henderson most recently came to the Desire Oyster House to film his syndicated TV show. He's also dropped in on Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar and Rotolo's Pizzeria and even the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom.
The winner of Saturday's contest will compete against chefs from across the United States in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off set for Aug. 6, during theLouisiana Restaurant Association's Food Service and Hospitality Expo. The 70th annual expo runs through Aug. 8 at the convention center.
For more information on the competing chefs and the event, visitLouisianaSeafoodCookOff.com.