(Jackson, MS) May 22, 2013 – Mississippi Seafood Marketing Program (MSMP) is thrilled to kick-off the 4th Annual Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off on Friday, May 31st. This exciting regional cooking competition will take place from 3:00 – 7:00pm at the Slavonian Lodge in Biloxi. MSMP is delighted to open the event to the public and offer complimentary tickets to interested attendees.
The four-hour long cooking competition will showcase twelve of Mississippi’s talented chefs who will each be competing for title of “King” or “Queen” of Mississippi Seafood. Each chef will present his/her unique, signature dish featuring fresh, sustainable Mississippi Gulf Seafood to a select group of prominent local judges. The winning chef will have the prestigious honor of representing Mississippi in the 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.
These talented Mississippi chefs will be showcasing their favorite ways to prepare wild-caught Mississippi Seafood:
- Chef Ty Thames, Restaurant Tyler– Starkville, MS
- Chef Patrick Heim, Taste! Catering– Biloxi, MS
- Chef Gary Hawkins, Sophia’s Restaurant– Jackson, MS
- Chef Tyler Edwards, Snack Bar– Oxford, MS
- Chef Corbin Evans, The Inn at Ole Miss– Oxford, MS
- Chef David Crews, Six Shooter- Drew, MS
- Chef John Woods, First Choice Catering– Horn Lake, MS
- Chef Reynolds Boykin, Parlor Market– Jackson, MS
- Chef Clayton Barney, Cotton Blues – Hattiesburg, MS
- Chef Jeremy Noffke, Purple Parrot Café– Hattiesburg, MS
- Chef Eric Spencer, Island View Casino– Gulfport, MS
Although only the judges will taste the chefs’ preparations, event attendees will have the opportunity to sample delicious seafood prepared by members of the award winning St.Martin 4-H Culinary Team. All those in attendance will be eligible to vote for their favorite St.Martin 4-H Culinary Team recipe and the most voted for dish will be crowned “People’s Choice.”
“The Annual Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off provides a great opportunity to bring awareness to our rich seafood heritage and showcase our highly-skilled chefs,” said Irvin Jackson, Director of the MSMP. “We could not be more excited to see how Mississippi’s top chefs cook up our fresh, premium Gulf Seafood. We are really looking forward to some truly original, inspired dishes.”
The 4th Annual Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off celebrates Mississippi’s top chefs and encourages them to be creative with Mississippi’s flavorful, wild-caught gulf seafood. For more information, please visit www.MSSeafood.com.
Interested in attending the 4th Annual Mississippi Seafood Cook-off? Email your name, phone number and number of tickets you would like to Brooke at the Mississippi Seafood Marketing Program – Brooke.Goff@dmr.ms.gov