Calling All Chefs: Registration Now Open for the 4th Annual Alabama Seafood Cook-Off

With new chefs, new dishes, and some new events in store, it’s only natural that we’re bringing the Alabama Seafood Cook-Off to a new location in our fourth year.

The 4th annual Alabama Seafood Cook-Off (ASCO) will take place Wednesday, June 13th at the Bayou La Batre Community Center in Alabama’s Seafood Capital, Bayou La Batre.

And now we’re just looking for the stars of the show.

The Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission is looking for four creative Alabama chefs willing to test their mettle in a culinary competition that revolves around all things Alabama Gulf Seafood. This year’s winner will follow in the footsteps of our three previous ASCO winners: Chef Brody Olive of Voyager’s at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach (2017), Chef Josh Quick of Odette in Florence (2016), and Chef George Reis of Ocean and 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar in Birmingham (2015).

As in previous years, the 2018 ASCO winner will represent the state of Alabama at the 15th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off (GASCO) in New Orleans as well as the 2018 World Food Championships in Orange Beach.

“This event provides a great platform to showcase Alabama chefs and it’s a fun way to support the state’s seafood industry,” said Chris Blankenship, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and program administrator of the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission. “We welcome any and all interested chefs to submit for their chance to battle for the title at the exciting new venue in Bayou la Batre.”

Competition scoring for participating chef teams (one lead chef plus one assistant) will be judged based on five categories: Presentation, General Impression, and Serving Methods; Creativity and Practicality; Composition and Harmony of Ingredients; Correct Preparation and Craftsmanship; and Flavor, Taste, and Texture. These same parameters will also be used to judge recipes at the GASCO later this year.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 2nd. For event rules and official submission guidelines, see our Contest Registration Packet. Finalists will be announced by May 15th.

We’re excited to bring one of our state’s biggest seafood events to our state’s biggest processor of local seafood, and we’re looking forward to offering more events for the general public to enjoy this year.

“Each year, we are consistently impressed with the culinary innovation and look forward to new talent from across the state as we search for the fourth Alabama Seafood Cook-Off champion,” said Chef Jim Smith, Chairman of the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission.

See y’all in Bayou La Batre this June!