The competition was fierce.
The chefs from Anchorage, Hoonah, Seward, Girdwood and Kodiak all showed great composure under cameras, 200 audience members, the new kitchen .. not to mention us, the judges.
But for us, the winning dish was Chef Christopher Vane’s from Crush. He prepared a white king salmon over a polenta and herb cake that was delicious.
Congrats to Chef Vane! Looking forward to hearing about his experiences in the Seafood Cookoff in New Orleans…have a fresh turbodog for me!
Yesterday I judged the Alaska Seafood Cookoff with some great fellow chefs including Chef Dan Enos from Oceanaire in Boston, Chef Jose Souto of Westminster Kingsway College in London, Chef Christine Keff from the Flying Fish in Seattle and my friend, Chef Erik Slater from the Resurrection Roadhouse. (Erik also has a great twitter feed @blindpigchef, so follow him!) After spending the day with these great chefs, I’m looking forward to eating at their establishments.
We all had a fun time talking seafood during a seafood inspired lunch at Sacks, talked more seafood at 10th and M Seafood and enjoyed the scenic route from Downtown Anchorage to the train depot on the Alaska Railroad before we judged the Alaskan competition.
Next up… the competition.
Monday, May 14th, I will be judging at the Great Alaskan Seafood Cookoff at the Ted Stevens Train Depot in the Anchorage International Airport. This will include a fun filled day of meeting Guest Chefs visiting from out of State, and of course the Chef contestants from around Alaska. Hope to see you there, if not keep a look out for photos on Twitter.
Have you submitted a recipe to the Great Alaska Seafood cook off yet?
Fishing for whitefish and salmon off the Tanana River.. looking at a fish wheel
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute added an amateur recipe contest to it’s event this year. There is a pretty cool prize package that includes an iPad — and of course, total bragging rights. If you are interested, here’s the link. Recipes are due May 1st.