Mississippi Seafood Marketing Program (MSMP) is thrilled to announce the winners of the 4th Annual Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off, which was held in conjunction with the 84th Annual Blessing of the Fleet. This regional cooking competition showcased ten talented Mississippi chefs who each competed for the title of “King” or “Queen” of Mississippi Seafood. Over the course of four-hours, chefs displayed their passion for fresh, Mississippi Gulf Seafood by creating a unique, signature dish that was judged on taste, execution of skills, creativity and presentation. None stood out more than David Crews, Executive Chef of Six Shooter Land and Timber in Drew, Mississippi.
Chef David Crews won first place and was crowned “King of Mississippi Seafood” for his award-winning Deconstructed Gumbo featuring Mississippi Gulf Shrimp, Mississippi Gulf Oysters and Mississippi Gulf Crab. As winner of the 4th Annual Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off, Chef Crews will now go on to represent the great state of Mississippi in this year’s 10th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off (GASCO) in New Orleans on August 3, 2013. GASCO pits top chefs from around the country against one another, each tasked with the goal of creating the most delicious, creative dish using domestic seafood native to their state.
Gary Hawkins, Chef of Sophia’s Restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi, took home second place for his Seared Tuna over Lemon Jasmine Rice with Coconut Curry Broth and Mango Salsa while third place went to Jeremy Noffke, Chef of the Purple Parrot Café in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for his Triple Tail with Mississippi Gulf Shrimp.
There was also a “People’s Choice” category that gave event attendees the opportunity to taste and vote for their favorite Mississippi seafood dishes prepared by members of the award winning St. Martin 4-H Culinary Team. The “People’s Choice” award went to Maddy Seawright and Fiante Weir for their Blue Crab Spread with Cayenne Baguette Round.
“This year’s Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off was a great example of our passion for our coastal heritage,” said Irvin Jackson, Director of the MSMP. “These talented chefs did an incredible job showcasing the versatility of our delicious, sustainable seafood. Everyone who attended was there to celebrate the chefs and our local seafood. We are excited for Chef Crews to represent Mississippi Seafood in the upcoming Great American Seafood Cook-Off and look forward to seeing what he prepares.”
The 4th Annual Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off celebrated Mississippi’s top chefs and flavorful, wild-caught gulf seafood. The help of local Mississippi supporters like Coast Roast Coffee and Ubon’s BBQ Restaurant, who generously donated products for the event, helped make this culinary competition the success it was.