Crawfish Mambo Names ‘Best of Boil,’ New Crawfish Eating World Champion
NEW ORLEANS – The 5th Annual Crawfish Mambo was held Saturday, May 7, 2016, to celebrate Louisiana’s most famous crustacean, the crawfish, and the best in live, local music.
Hosted by the University of New Orleans International Alumni Association, Crawfish Mambo featured all-you-can-eat boiled crawfish prepared by more than 45 boil teams competing for a $1,000 prize and the “Best of Boil” title. A panel of celebrity judges decided this year’s winners.
The winners of the “Best of Boil” competition were:
• 1st Place: Dhose Bodacious Crawfish from DBC Bar & Grill
• 2nd Place: Tres Bon Cajun Meats
• 3rd Place: Put Some in your Mouth
A new award was presented this year celebrating the sides that go with crawfish. The “Best Sides” Award went to the Lightin’ Pots and Takin’ Shots team.
Two other annual awards also were given at this year’s Crawfish Mambo:
• Crowd Favorite: Geaux Creole representing the Law Offices of Andrew Schwing. Crowd favorite was decided by attendees placing tickets in buckets for those they feel have the best boil.
• Best Decorated Booth: Cirque du Mambo representing Waldemar S. Nelson and Company, Inc.
The Crawfish Eating World Championship took place at the Crawfish Mambo for the first time this year. Contestants from across the U.S. competed for the title by eating as much crawfish as they could in ten minutes. Major League Eaters vied for $2,000 in prize money and the coveted title of Crawfish Eating World Champion.
The Crawfish Eating World Championship results were:
• 1st Place: Russell Callais of Marrero, LA
2.69 pounds of crawfish
• 2nd Place – Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan of New Orleans, LA
2.44 pounds of crawfish
NOTE: Morgan was the incumbent winner having taken the prize the last two years of the competition.
• 3rd Place – Corey “King Voodoo” Fanguy of Grey, LA
2.26 pounds of crawfish
• 4th Place – Nathan Biller of Keller, TX
1.85 pounds of crawfish
The competition was decided by weighing the amount of crawfish meat eaten by each contestant within 10 minutes.
Crawfish Mambo is an annual event supporting the expansion of professional development programs at the University of New Orleans, the region’s only public research university.