Prairieville Chef crowned King of Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off

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There’s a new king of Louisiana Seafood. Chef Owen Hohl of Hot Tails -with two locations in New Roads and Prairieville- beat out eleven chefs to win the 16th Annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off. Hohl says the competition was intense but he was prepared.

“It’s freakin’ great man. Great experience. Great chefs out here competing today. Felt real great with my dish. Felt real comfortable.”

Hohl prepared a plantain-scaled grouper highlighting his creativity and the superior quality of the seafood that comes from Louisiana’s waterways. Before the competition, the Honduran native believed a combination of spicy cultures would give him a flavorful edge over the competition.

“Blending those days from Honduras and cajun and creole and the gulf seafood kinda’ blended all that together I think it will give me a slight advantage.”

Hohl’s will represent the state in the 19th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans in August. He will also serve as a Louisiana Ambassador for Seafood for the next year promoting all the great dishes in our state that will Feed Your Soul. As King of Seafood, Hohl is excited to showcase the Gulf’s seafood through his amazing dishes to the world.

“Let’s represent Louisiana seafood. Let’s geaux. I’ve been here all my life practically; since I was two. So let’s keep doing it and I’m going to keep pushing it out there. I’m going to keep doing what I do with cooking.”

For the first time in the event’s history, the cook-off was held in Lake Charles on June 27.

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