Oyster Festival: New Orleans’ Morgan Oyster Eating Champion

Winner of the Acme Oyster House® World Oyster Eating Championship at the New Orleans Oyster Festival, Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan.

NEW ORLEANS – The 7th Annual New Orleans Oyster Festival celebrated the oyster this past weekend at Woldenberg Riverfront Park at the Mississippi River. More than 20 restaurants showed off their versatility of the region’s favorite bivalve at the Festival.

         The Festival featured oyster competitions including the Acme Oyster House® World Oyster Eating Championship, the P&J Oyster Shucking Competition”

 

Acme Oyster House® World Oyster Eating Championship at the New Orleans Oyster Festival

 

1st Place

Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan from New Orleans, LA

44 dozen Louisiana oysters

After 10 years of wins by Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan defeated her this year to return the winner’s belt to New Orleans.

 

2nd Place

Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas from Alexandria, VA

44 dozen Louisiana oysters

 

3rd Place

Michelle “Cardboard Shell” Lesco from Tucson, AZ

32 dozen Louisiana oysters

 

         The competition was decided by the number of dozen oysters consumed in 8 minutes. For the first time, the first and second place was decided by a tiebreaking heat. Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan and Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas had both consumed 42 dozen Louisiana oysters after the first round of competition. The final rankings were decided by who can consume 2 dozen Louisiana oysters fastest, of which Adrian prevailed to be named this year’s Acme Oyster House® World Oyster Eating Champion.

 

 

P&J Oyster Shucking Competition at the New Orleans Oyster Festival

 

1st Place

Jay Gallette

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

19 Louisiana oysters shucked

         Jay shucked 16 oysters in the preliminaries to make it to the finals.

 

2nd Place

Honor Allen

Hunt's Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant (Panama City, Florida)

16 Louisiana oysters shucked

         Honor shucked 20 oysters the preliminaries to make it to the finals. He placed first in the preliminary round making him the frontrunner for the competition onsite at the Oyster Fest.

 

3rd Place

Gus Marshall

Desire Oyster Bar at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans

15 Louisiana oysters shucked

         Gus shucked 18 oysters in the preliminaries to make it to the finals. Gus took home second place in last year’s competition.

 

         The competition was decided by the number of Louisiana oysters shucked in 2 minutes. The six finalists for the competition were decided after a preliminary shucking competition on Thursday afternoon at Desire Oyster Bar/Royal Sonesta New Orleans on Bourbon Street.

         Two 2-minute heats were held at the New Orleans Oyster Festival on Saturday. The 2nd heat included three shuckers, including Gus Marshall, shucking for the third place spot.

 

 

 

Winners of the P&J Oyster Shucking Competition at the New Orleans Oyster Festival, (L-R): Honor Allen of Hunt's Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant (Panama City, Florida); Jay Gallette of Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar; Gus Marshall of Desire Oyster Bar at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans

 

 

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