Great American Seafood Cook Off – Best of the Best Chefs in the US Compete

(New Orleans) The Great American Seafood Cook Off Invites the Best Chefs in America for a Seafood Showdown!

Sig Hansen Ewell Smith Great American Seafood Cook Off

Ewell Smith introduces Captain Sig Hansen from the Deadliest Catch as the show gets underway for PBS

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) commissioned  our team to conceptualized and produce a cook off event to showcase domestic, sustainable seafood.   The Great American Seafood Cook Off  aired on Food Network and PBS.  See video above.

The Great American Seafood Cook Off was audited by the National Fisheries Institute and endorsed by the National Restaurant Association.

I had the honor of producing  and emceeing this event for one decade. The Great American Seafood Cook Off positioned the Seafood Board as the leader in the United States.  Win, lose, or draw, it gave us the opportunity to provide New Orleans hospitality to the best chefs across America exposing them to Louisiana seafood.  Our simple goal was for our visiting chefs to have the best time of their lives at any event they have ever been a part of.

The Great American Seafood Cook Off led to the creation of state qualifier cook offs across the US, including our very own – the Louisiana Seafood Cook Off.

What made it work?

We treated the chefs like rock stars.  The night before the Great American Seafood Cook Off, we did a dine around to three of  New Orleans’ famous restaurants via two chartered busses with our chefs, sponsors and four police escorts on Harleys and sirens blasting.  We made the event a ball for them from the moment they arrived.  That set the tempo for an amazing event!

Keeping the event lighthearted and honoring our participants, we crown the winner King or Queen of American seafood.  The media and press exposure the winning chefs receive catapults careers.  One of our winning chefs even went on to work at the White House for the Presdient.

See  5 Grassroots Seafood Marketing Events That Started Small and Grew

See the United States Navy Seafood Cook Off.

See the Louisiana Seafood Cook Off.

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Chef Gregory Gourdet from Portland, Oregon is crowned Great American Seafood Cook-Off winner by Ewell Smith.

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Alabama's Chef Jim Smith at the Great American Seafood Cook Off

Alabama’s Chef Jim Smith holds tight to his new prize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waterford Crystal Bowl - Great American Seafood cook off

Waterford Crystal is the official prize of the Great American Seafood Cook Off

Great American Seafood Cook Off Arena

Great American Seafood Cook Off Arena

10 year great american seafood cook off with Chef Cory Bahr, Ewell Smith, David Crews

Chef Cory Bahr and Ewell Smith with Mississippi’s winning Chef David Crews and Chef Jeffrey Ferrell of City Grocery – 10th year of the Great American Seafood Cook Off in New Orleans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin – Great American Seafood Cook Off

Chef John Currence Mississippi wins Great American Seafood cook off

Chef John Currence takes the crown – Great American Seafood Cook Off

 


 

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The Louisiana Seafood Chefs were the genesis for Mission Chefs.

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