Now approaching its fifth year, the Alabama Seafood Cook-Off (ASCO) has become quite a tradition for the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission. And we’re ready to do it all over again.
This year’s competition will take place Wednesday, May 1, returning to last year’s event space at the Bayou La Batre Community Center. The only thing that’s left to decide is the chefs who’ll be participating.
If you’re interested in representing your restaurant or company in Alabama’s premier seafood cooking competition, we’re accepting applications now through March 21. The registration packet can be found here. Four chefs will be chosen to compete at the 5th annual ASCO, then the winner will go on to represent the state of Alabama at the 16th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off (GASCO) in New Orleans in August.
“For the past four years, we have been so impressed with the uniqueness of each culinary invention,” said Chef Jim Smith, chairman of the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission.“We look forward to welcoming new entries from across the state as we search for the fifth Alabama Seafood Cook-Off champion.”
Competition scoring for 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 categories are based on a similar scoring system used by the GASCO.
Previous ASCO winners include Chef George Reis of Ocean in 2015, Chef Josh Quick of Odette in 2016, Chef Brody Olive of Voyager’s in 2017, and Chef Jeremy Downey of Bistro V in 2018.
If you love cooking with fresh Alabama Gulf Seafood product, and you think you can put a creative and delicious spin on the dishes we love, register today for your chance to compete with us this spring.
“Many Alabama chefs are showcased throughout this event, and it’s an exciting way to support Alabama’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 in May.”
The 5th annual Alabama Seafood Cook-Off registration packet can be found here.