Queen Of LA Seafood Chef Breaux To Battle Chefs From Across America In Great American Seafood Cook-Off In New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and the Louisiana Office of Tourism will welcome Louisiana’s own Chef Bonnie Breaux from The St. John Restaurant in St. Martinville, along with 12 other chefs from across the country, to the nation’s ultimate seafood cooking competition.
The 2017 Great American Seafood Cook-Off will be held at the Ernest Morial Convention Center Saturday, Aug. 5, at 11:30 a.m., in front of a live audience and panel of nationally-acclaimed judges.
“It’s a natural fit to host America’s seafood competition here in New Orleans because seafood is at the core of so much of our way of life here in Louisiana,” said Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. “We’re eager to welcome chefs from across the nation, including Louisiana’s Chef Bonnie Breaux, as they duke it out with their best seafood dishes that showcase delicious and healthy domestic seafood using their culinary creativity.”
During the competition, each chef will prepare a dish that highlights the use of domestic seafood while interacting with a live audience, celebrity hosts and the “chef ref.” Each dish will be presented to a panel of nationally known judges, who will score based on presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship and flavor. In its 14th year, the 2017 Great American Seafood Cook-Off continues to promote the 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 lieutenant governor of their respective state.
Chef Bonnie Breaux started her culinary career by opening Breaux’s Cajun Catering in Covington, Louisiana, where she provided a vast selection of dishes for all events from weddings to conferences. Chef Breaux’s continued passion for Louisiana cuisine was meant to be shared across the nation. Her dish shined at the World Championship Gumbo Contest and led her to be discovered by the Roux restaurant in Tampa, Florida, where she spent years spreading her expertise in Louisiana cuisine across South Florida. Throughout Breaux's career, she has been fortunate to experience many culinary opportunities. Recently, she was chosen as one of the 26 exclusive chefs to prepare a dish for the James Beard Sunday Supper fundraising benefit. Chef Breaux eventually returned to the state she loves and became the executive chef at The St. John Restaurant, a pecan warehouse overlooking Bayou Teche in St. Martinville, Louisiana.
The competitors are:
• Chef Brody Olive, Alabama (Voyager’s Restaurant at Perdido Beach Resort)
• Chef Lionel Udippa, Arkansas (SALT)
• Chef Jason Perry, Florida (The Fish House)
• Chef Ryan Nelson, Indiana (Late Harvest)
• Chef Bonnie Breaux, Louisiana (The St. John Restaurant)
• Chef Kyle McClelland, Massachusetts (Saltie Girl)
• Chef David Dickensauge, Mississippi (Corks & Cleaver Wine Bistro)
• Chef Amber DiGiovanni, Missouri (Cookbook author and culinary teacher)
• Chef Jay Smith, New Hampshire (Copper Door)
• Chef Mark Quinones, New Mexico (MAS Tapas y Vino)
• Chef Ryan Coffindaffer, South Carolina (The Alisa Pub)
• Chef Joe Cervantez, Texas (Brennan’s of Houston)
Meet the judges:
• Monti Carlo – Food Network Personality
• Steve Green – Founder and CEO of #FoodieChats
• Chef Brian Landry – Borgne in New Orleans, Louisiana
• David Mezz – Deputy editor of Garden & Gun Magazine
• Chef Brian West – Smoke: The Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas
Meet the hosts:
• Chef Cory Bahr – Celebrity chef and finalist on season 13 of “Food Network Star”
• Chef Rusty Hamlin – Executive chef for Zac Brown Band and finalist on season 13 of “Food Network Star”
• Paul Murphy – WWL-TV (CBS) in New Orleans, Louisiana
Meet the “Chef Ref:”
• Chef Chris Sherrill – Former GASCO competitor, Flora Bama Yacht Club, Perdido Key, Florida