LASCO Brings State's Best Chefs To Compete And Crown Next LA Seafood Royalty, Lt. Gov. Nungesser Announces Chef Competitors
NEW ORLEANS – Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB) will host the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Eleven chefs from across Louisiana will compete for the title of King of Louisiana Seafood. Now in its 9th year, this prestigious competition takes place at the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE) in the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center.
“Seafood is a part of our culture and has created a culinary identity for Louisiana unlike any other state,” Lt. Governor Nungesser said. “Oysters Rockefeller, shrimp poboys, crab boils and all the other wonderful things these chefs do with our abundant seafood keep tourists coming back. This is a chance for us to celebrate the great contribution chefs and our hard working seafood industry make to the state.”
This year’s competitors are:
• Chef Bradley Andries, Sac-a-lait (New Orleans)
• Chef Brian Bajon, Barcadia (New Orleans)
• Chef Lyle Broussard, Jack Daniel’s Bar and Grill (Lake Charles)
• Chef Ryan Gaudet, Spahr’s Seafood (Des Allemands)
• Chef Celeste Gill, Cooking Up Louisiana Treasure (Baton Rouge)
• Chef Frederick Ngo, Jimmy’s Seafood & Steak (Bossier City)
• Chef Blake Phillips, Restaurant Sage (Monroe)
• Chef Mark Quitney, Roux Bistro (New Orleans)
• Chef Nathan Richard, Kingfish Kitchen & Cocktails (New Orleans)
• Chef Amy Sins, Langlois (New Orleans)
• Chef Scott Varnedoe, Restaurant IPO (Baton Rouge)
The competition is held at the NOWFE’s Grand Tasting, which opens its doors to the public at 6:00 p.m. The King of Louisiana Seafood will be crowned at 8:30 p.m.
“That’s when the real fun begins,” says the current King of Louisiana Seafood, Chef Michael Brewer of Manning’s. “Representing Louisiana Seafood this past year has been an honor and a pleasure. Each event we attended was another opportunity to spread the word about the quality and abundance of seafood we are lucky enough to have right outside our backdoor.”
Hosts for this year’s competition are national celebrity chef Jeff Henderson, host of Flip My Food, and one of Louisiana’s favorite chefs and 2011 King of Louisiana Seafood Chef Cory Bahr of Monroe, LA. Those purchasing tickets to the Grand Tasting will be able to watch the competition.
Information on tickets can be found here.
Leading up to LASCO, each chef will take over the LSPMB Instagram and Twitter accounts for a day. The chef with the most engagement will be awarded a prize and special recognition. Follow @LaSeafoodBoard on Instagram and Twitter and keep up with all LASCO events via the official hashtag, #LASCO16.
All competitors are members of the Louisiana Restaurant Association and the winner will move on to compete against chefs from across the nation in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off to be held August 6, at the Louisiana Restaurant Association Show.
The selected King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood serves as a brand ambassador and travels across the country promoting Louisiana Seafood with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.