12 chefs will be competing in the Louisiana Seafood Cook-off next month. These amazing chefs will be preparing specialty dishes battling for the crown as King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood.

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Chefs from all around the state will flock to the event on June 27 in Lake Charles to put their skills to the test. The competition is being held at the Golden Nugget Casino. The chefs come from all ends of the state. This elite group hails from places like Grand Isle to Vidalia and many places in between.

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser says “every year it gets tougher to choose just 12 chefs from all the outstanding applications we receive. That shows the incredible level of culinary talent we have in Louisiana. Our food connects us to our heritage, and Louisiana seafood is a huge part of that connection. The majority of the chefs competing through the years learned to cook in their parent’s kitchens. It’s no different with this year’s chefs.”


Here Are the Competing Chefs:

  • Ashley Allen, Executive Chef, Coconuts Bar and Grill; Vidalia
  • Stephen Coblentz, Executive Chef, Charthouse; Lake Charles
  • Ben Fidelak, Executive Chef/Owner, Mariner’s Restaurant; Natchitoches
  • Dustin Frederick, Chef, Restaurant Calla; Lake Charles
  • Greg Gizzaffi, Executive Chef, Landry’s Seafood House; Lake Charles
  • Owen Hohl, Chef, Hot Tails; New Roads & Prairieville
  • Blake Jackson, Executive Chef, Drake Foods LLC – Looosiana Seafood Market, Drake Catering, Whisk Dessert Bar; Shreveport
  • Brett Monteleone, The Overpass Merchant; Baton Rouge
  • Chris Motto, Executive Chef, Jubans; Baton Rouge
  • Chad Phares, Executive Chef, Hurricane Hole; Grand Isle
  • Amy Sins, Chef, Langlois; New Orleans
  • Christopher Vazquez, Executive Chef, Redfish Grill; New Orleans

The winner of this competition will represent Louisiana at a variety of events around the state, but will also represent Louisiana at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in August.

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