Friday, September 12, 2008

Seafood Cookoff

When the five finalists of the Great American cook off were named they were given several challenges in creating their dish for the final round of competition. First, the dishes had to contain one of two mystery ingredients, either Southwest Airline Peanuts or select brews from Michelob Brewing Co. Next, keeping it healthy and simple, the dish’s ingredients had to represent all five food groups and be a dish that even the most harried home chefs could prepare.
Vote for the dish that best represents the tastes of domestic, sustainable American seafood, the creativity of a talented chef and a great idea for a family meal.
I voted for Pan Roasted Glazed Rockfish with Peas and Carrots by Maryland Chef Tafari Campbell. I chose this recipe because it was very family friendly looking. The other recipes looked too professional for a family for me. The recipe seems very easy to make for anyone.
Rockfish is very easy to get locally and is great tasting. Many people consider it a favorite. Health experts highly recommend eating fish and seafood: sources of lean, nutritious, quality protein. When it comes to mercury levels, the FDA reports that in America's favorite seafoods (which makes up 80% of our seafood intake) there is no health risk.
Vote for yourself and enter to win a "Trip to New Orleans" prize package including two Southwest Airline roundtrip tickets, hotel accommodations, dining experiences and more!
The judges of the cook off made their choice and it was Mississippi’s Chef John Currence! He beat out 14 other prestigious chefs from across the nation to be crowned King of American Seafood at the 2008 Fifth Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off! It was a spectacular battle between great culinary talents at the Louisiana Foodservice EXPO, but at the end of the two day contest, only Chef Currence became seafood royalty. And that’s no title to take lightly.

The judges were ‘hooked’ by his Mississippi Redfish Courtboullion with Seafood Dirty Rice as he didn’t ‘scale’ back on authentic, unique flavors. stop by and check it out today!
Sponsored by Lousiana Seafood



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