Mississippi Seafood Marketing Program (MSMP) is thrilled that Mississippi will be represented at the 6th Annual Oyster-Cook Off on Saturday, November 9th. The Cook-Off will take place at The Hangout located at 101 E. Beach Blvd. in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The event brings together celebrity chefs from across the US as well as well-known Gulf Coast restaurateurs.
Mississippi will be well represented at this year’s Oyster-Cook Off. Those from Mississippi in attendance include:
- Chef David Crabtree of the Beach Blvd Steamer at the Island View Casino in Gulfport, MS
- Chef David Crews of Six Shooter Land and Timber in Drew, MS. Chef Crews was crowned the 2013 King of Seafood at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off and will be participating against other well known Gulf chefs in a Gulf state event.
- Bob Taylor of the Gulf Coast Restaurant Group in Gulfport, MS which has opened such restaurants as High Cotton Grill, Half Shell Oyster House, the Quarter, and Red Sky Crab House
The event “has developed a name for itself in the culinary community over the last fives years and we have been able to take that reputation and use it to recruit some of the best chefs in the country to come cook the Gulf’s finest treasures, oysters, this November” said event organizer and owned of the Hangout Shaul Zislin. The event will feature over 70 chefs and registration closes today, October 18th.
The 6th Annual Oyster Cook-Off officially starts at 11 AM. There will be oyster tastings and patrons can enjoy live music by the Mulligan Brothers, Kristy Lee and Banditos on the WKRG stage. Cooking demos will also be taking place on the Dean McCrary’s Audi stage. There will also be football viewing lounges and oyster shucking contests. For more information on the event, you can visit their official website.
The rich waters of Mississippi nurture many indigenous species including shrimp, oysters, crab and finfish. Seafood harvested from the Gulf of Mexico has proven to be the safest seafood in the world for consumption, routinely passing FDA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tests with flying colors. Fresh, wild Mississippi Seafood from the teeming gulf waters has supported many generations of fishermen and is a sustainable, domestic resource helping to preserve the American economy.
For an interview with Irvin Jackson, Director of the Mississippi Seafood Marketing Program, please contact Jessica Butera @ Jessica.Butera@thefoodgroup.com.