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Olympics Of Seafood Cooking To Take Place At The Great American Seafood Cook-Off In New Orleans Aug. 6


BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will welcome chefs from across the country to the nation’s ultimate seafood cooking competition at the 2016 Great American Seafood Cook-Off, to be held at the Ernest Morial Convention Center on Aug. 6, 2016, at 11:30 a.m., in front of a live audience.

During the competition, each chef will prepare a dish that best promotes the use of domestic seafood while interacting with a live audience, celebrity hosts Chef Cory Bahr and Louisiana news personality Johnny Ahysen, as well as Chef Ref Randy Cheramie. Each dish will be presented to a notable panel of six national judges, who will score based on presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship and flavor. In its 13th year, the 2016 Great American Seafood Cook-Off promotes quality and variety of domestic seafood.

To be eligible to compete in the event, chefs must either hold the current title of King or Queen of Seafood or be appointed by the governor of their respective state.

The full list of competitors includes:

Meet the judges:

“Seafood is the root of so many of our traditions here in Louisiana, so there is no better place to host the nation’s ultimate seafood competition,” said Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. “We’re eager to welcome chefs from across the nation to duke it out with their best seafood dishes, and we’re excited to showcase Louisiana’s great seafood.”

Meet the hosts:

  • Johnny Ahysen – WAFB-TV (CBS) in Baton Rouge, La.
  • Chef Cory Bahr – Restaurant Cotton and Nonna Italian Restaurant
  • Michael-Ann Rowe - Emmy® Award-Winning television personality and producer of the PBS series Off the Beaten Palate

Meet the Chef Ref:

Louisiana Seafood would like to thank the 2016 GASCO sponsors: Louisiana Restaurant Association, Southwest Cargo and Whole Foods Market. Glassware and plate ware provided by Libbey.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Source: Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board