Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne announced chef Mike Brewer of “The Sammich,” in New Orleans, as the 2015 King of Louisiana Seafood. Brewer earned the title on Saturday, at the eighth annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off presented by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. His dish of “Sheepshead Nachos,” with “Bacon Fat Tartar Sauce,” and “Charred Corn Salsa,” won over the judges and earned him the title.
“Thanks to all ten of the chefs and their assistants for participating in the Cook-Off. They proved that great dishes start with great ingredients, and there are none better than Louisiana Seafood,” Lt. Governor Dardenne said. “The judges had a tough job choosing from such a talented field of competitors with their unique offerings. We are proud to welcome Mike Brewer as the new King of Louisiana Seafood and look forward to his serving as an ambassador for our brand and representing us at events throughout the year.”
Chef Brewer will represent Louisiana at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off on Aug. 8.
In second place was chef Lyle Broussard of “Jack Daniel’s Bar & Grill,” in Lake Charles with his “Pan Roasted Gulf Grouper,” with “Baby Mustard Greens,” “Citrus Salad,” and “Roasted White Corn Maque Choux.” Chef Michael Nelson of “GW Fins,” in New Orleans took third with his “New New Orleans Oyster Artichoke Soup.”
Judges included David Crews – the 2013 winner of the Great American Seafood Cook-Off, executive and personal chef to several private clients and chef instructor at Mississippi Delta Community College; Sue Zemanick – executive chef of Gautreau’s in New Orleans, 2014 Best Chef: South by the James Beard Foundation and Bravo’s Top Chef Masters competitor; Daniel Schumacher, Louisiana Cookin’ editor-in-chief; and Randy Cheramie, executive director of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University.
Chef Cody Bahr, 2011 Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off winner and chef/owner of Cotton and Nonna restaurants in Monroe, and Baton Rouge media personality Johnny Ahysen served as the masters of ceremonies.