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Published 2:32 p.m. CT Sept. 24, 2020 | Updated 2:39 p.m. CT Sept. 24, 2020

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BATON ROUGE — Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board have announced the selection of chefs from across the state to represent their areas in the 13th annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off.

For safety reasons, this year’s event will have a different look, switching from the kitchen stadium format to virtual for 2020 and include a chance for viewers to participate.

“It’s unfortunate we will not be able to gather together for this great celebration of Louisiana seafood and cuisine, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to celebrate and crown a King or Queen of  Louisiana Seafood,” said Nungesser. “And since we can’t be together, we are bringing the competition to the people of Louisiana through a virtual event, recipes they can recreate in their kitchens, and a chance to show these chefs their appreciation for continuing the great culinary traditions that have made Louisiana a place where you can Feed Your Soul.”

The main competition will be recorded on Monday and Tuesday with each chef being assigned a time slot to prepare and cook their dish, then present it to three judges for scoring. Judges will score dishes on presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship, and flavor. Additionally, each dish will be prepared from a recipe that includes ingredients commonly found in grocery stores and include instructions on how to prepare the dish so viewers can recreate it in their own kitchens.

Louisiana Seafood Cookoff competing chefs:

New for 2020 is the addition of a “People’s Choice” award. The preparation and cooking of each dish will be recorded and posted to the Louisiana Seafood website and Facebook page for everyone to view, along with step-by-step instructions from each chef so it can be prepared at home. Viewers will be directed to a website where they can vote for their favorite dish or chef.

Chef videos will be posted for viewing on Oct. 15, and “People’s Choice” voting will be open until Oct. 27. On Oct. 28, you can viewers can watch the finale of the 2020 Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off “[email protected]” Edition online for the announcement the “People’s Choice” winner and the 2020 King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood.

For more information on the 2020 Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off, visit LouisianaSeafood.com or check out facebook.com/LouisianaSeafood.

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