The Great American Seafood Cook-Off

Last month, from August 2-3, the 5th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off was held at the New Orleans Memorial Convention Center.  I visited the Great American Seafood Cook-Off website to check out the recipes from participating chefs who came from all over the US.  Out of 14 competing chefs, 5 were chosen to be the cook off‘s top finalists, each hoping to become the Crowned King of American Seafood. The five finalists were Chef Paul Anders’ Colorado Striped Bass Panzanella, Chef Tafari Campbell’s Pan Roasted Glazed Rockfish with Peas and Carrots, Chef John Currence’s Mississippi Redfish Courtboullion with Seafood Dirty Rice, Chef Mark Holley’s Texas Gulf Shrimp, Chef Brian Landry’s Louisiana Shrimp and Andouille Cassoulet.

From the photos on the website and the names of the dishes, I would have cast a vote in favor of Chef John Currence’s Mississippi Redfish Courtboullion with Seafood Dirty Rice.  Too bad voting’s over and the winner, crowned. :D  However, when I clicked the photo of my dish of choice, I was surprised to find out that I’ve actually chosen the winning entry.  No kidding!  Who says you can’t judge a food by it’s photo?

To tell you honestly, I don’t know what a “courtboullion” is.  What appealed to me were the words “seafood dirty rice”.  Being Asian, rice plays a very important role in my diet.  Hee hee! ;) Looking at the recipe, I love that except for the seafood, the rest of the ingredients can be found in one’s local supermarket.  I’m not sure of the availability of the Mississippi Redfish here in Texas but I’m confident a local snapper will work just as well.  That’s the premise of this annual cook-off anyway, to use domestic seafood.  Cooking enthusiasts should really make use and take advantage of domestically available seafood.  That way, they can almost be 100% sure that the seafood they’re using is fresh.  I will have to try this recipe soon…faster than I can say courtboullion! :D

If you’re looking for a new seafood recipe, check-out the TGASC website!


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