Chef Ryan Trahan Crowned 2018 King Of American Seafood


NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB) crowned Chef Ryan Trahan representing Blue Dog Cafe and the state of Louisiana as the King of American Seafood at the 15th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off, held this afternoon in New Orleans in the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center.

To earn the crown, Chef Trahan and sous chef Sullivan Zant prepared “Cracklin’” Crusted Red Snapper with Pickled Crawfish Tails, Buttermilk Chili Consommé, Spring Vegetables, Burnt Leek Oil and Bowfin Caviar, knocking out eleven of the nation’s best chefs by showing his creativity and craftsmanship in highlighting the superior quality of domestic seafood.

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“This year’s competition was one of the toughest yet, and I want to congratulate all of today’s competitors for presenting exceptional dishes, and to Chef Trahan for truly showcasing why Louisiana seafood is one of the most flavorful and healthy ways to enjoy a meal,” said Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. “I hope you wear this crown with great pride and accomplishment. It’s well deserved.”

During the grueling culinary face-off, each chef prepared a dish that best promoted the use of domestic seafood while interacting with a live audience, celebrity hosts and the chef ref. Each dish was scrutinized by a notable national panel of judges, who scored based on presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship and flavor.

Chef Marc Orfaly, representing Massachusetts, was named runner up of today’s culinary competition with his dish of Deconstructed Clam Bake. Closely behind was Chef Marc Quinones, representing New Mexico, with his Spiced Duck Fat Fried Oysters.

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