Culinary professionals compete for title in 2023 Louisiana seafood cook-off

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Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board are set to select the next king or queen at the 16th Annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off later today. Nungesser says the culinary competition will feature a dozen chefs from across the state.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to highlight not only the great seafood from Louisiana but those chefs that really put their special flavor and flare in every dish they prepare. And they’re as much a part of the great cuisine as the seafood.”

After being held in Lafayette for the past five years, this year’s competition is moving to Lake Charles to help the city recover from the hurricanes. The event will be held at the Golden Nugget Hotel. Nungesser says the culinary creators have an hour to do their best.

“The only thing they have to use Louisiana fresh seafood. Some use crawfish, oyster, fish. So they take their best dish that they think will reach the judges and give them the edge in bringing home that crown to their town and their restaurant.” 

Chefs will cook before a live audience and present their dishes to a panel of judges who will score their dishes. Nungesser says the winner will represent the state at a variety of events.

“We do like a culinary trail in Dallas. They will accompany us to highlight their dishes in other parts of the country. It has brought much notoriety to all the chefs who won. So it’s  a great opportunity for them. And highlight their food to the world.”

Spectators can sample cuisine from restaurants while watching chefs compete for the the title.

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