Louisiana Seafood News
Louisiana Seafood News

August 2015

The King of Mississippi Seafood

The aroma of shrimp and spices wafts through the crowd of food lovers, creating a rowdy murmur and the occasional sizzle at the Louisiana Restaurant Association's Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO at New Orleans' Morial Convention Center Aug. 8-10. Jazz plays loudly over the sound system as boisterous announcers intermittently make updates about the main attraction: the Great American Seafood Cookoff, Saturday, Aug. 8.

2015 Great American Seafood Cook-Off

Twelve chefs from across the United States traveled to New Orleans to compete for the coveted title of America’s Best Seafood Chef. This year’s Great American Seafood Cook-Off included amazing seafood dishes that pulled inspiration from many cooking styles. From Louisiana Seafood Nachos to A Taste of the Lowcountry to Shrimp Crusted Red Snapper, each chef’s specialty represented his state and culinary background.

Alaska Chef Named American’s Best Seafood Chef

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne named Alaska chef Beau Schooler the winner of the 2015 Great American Seafood Cook-Off, held Aug. 8, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Chef Schooler was named America’s Best Seafood Chef, and he will wear the crown of King of American Seafood, as his and sous chef Travis Hotch’s Nose-To-Tail Sockeye Salmon recipe won over the judges. Coming in second place was chef Adam Evans of Georgia with his Roasted Spear-Caught Lionfish with Sapelo Island Clams.

Alaska Chef Beau Schooler is the Winner of the 2015 Great American Seafood Cook-Off

Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne announced Alaska chef Beau Schooler as the winner of the 2015 Great American Seafood Cook-Off, held Saturday at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Chef Schooler was named America’s Best Seafood Chef, and he will wear the crown of King of American Seafood, as his and sous chef Travis Hotch’s Nose-To-Tail Sockeye Salmon recipe won over the judges. Coming in second place was chef Adam Evans of Georgia with his Roasted Spear-Caught Lionfish with Sapelo Island Clams. Louisiana chef Michael Brewer took third with his Louisiana Seafood Nachos.

South Carolina Shut Out at Great American Seafood Cook-off

After this weekend’s Great American Seafood Cook-off, South Carolina remains one of the few qualifying states still chasing the annual crown.

This year’s winner, Beau Schooler, hails from Alaska. That leaves South Carolina, Main, New Jersey and Oklahoma as the only participants never to claim victory in the event’s 12-year history.

Juneau Chefs Win National Seafood Cook-Off

Juneau’s Beau Schooler and Travis Hotch on Saturday were crowned kings at the Great American Seafood Cookoff in New Orleans. Schooler, co-owner of The Rookery Café, has won a slew of recent accolades for his innovative cooking. Travis Hotch is the evening sous chef at The Rookery. They’re the first Alaskans to win the award.

Alaska Chef Wins 2015 Great American Seafood Cook-Off

Alaska chef Beau Schooler won the 2015 Great American Seafood Cook-Off held Saturday (Aug. 8) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Schooler partnered with sous chef Travis Hotch to create a Nose-To-Tail Sockeye Salmon dish. Chef Adam Evans of Georgia finished second with his Roasted Spear-Caught Lionfish with Sapelo Island Clams. Louisiana chef Michael Brewer took third place with his Louisiana Seafood Nachos.

For his efforts, Schooler was literally crowned as the King of American Seafood.

Watch Chef Gregg Compete in the National Cooking Competition Live-Streamed, Aug. 8

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Chef Bryan Gregg of Escape Montclair will compete in the 12th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off on Saturday. This event will be streamed live at 11:45 a.m. on August 8.

Gregg will join twelve chefs from throughout the U.S. as they compete for the highly coveted title of America’s Best Seafood Chef which will take place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Oysters marketed like fine wine? That may be this industry's future

By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, nola.com

Many wines are classified not by the country where they are produced, but by the specific region where the grapes are harvested – think Napa, Calif., or Bordeaux, France. Now apply that same concept to oysters and you get a sense of a nascent movement here that could change how this beloved Louisiana seafood is harvested and marketed in the future.

Local and National Chefs to Compete in Two Cook-Offs This Weekend

Chefs from Louisiana and around the country will compete in two cooking competitions this weekend (Aug. 7-8) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The Farm to Table Chefs Taste Challenge will be held for the first time Friday, as part of the third annual Farm to Table International Conference. The Great American Seafood Cookoff, which will take place for the 12th time, is Saturday.

N.J. Seafood Chef to Battle for America's Best Title

MONTCLAIR - A township chef will be representing New Jersey in a claws-out contest this weekend that will name America's best seafood chef.

Bryan Gregg, the owner and chef at Escape in Montclair, won his way in to the 12th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off, happening this weekend in Louisiana. Each year, seafood chefs from across the country compete on behalf of their states to see who can dish up the tastiest seafood meal.