The Great American Seafood Cook-Off is an annual event that pits the nation's best chefs against recognized culinary greats from around the United States. Chefs are asked to create unique dishes with domestic seafood that is native to their home states. Each year, a new group of chefs, representing more than a dozen states, gather to compete in the annual event. Hosted in New Orleans, Louisiana, one of the most renowned cities for all things gourmet, this event is sponsored by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and presented by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board.
The contest gives each chef – often winners of their state’s own local seafood cook-off - one hour to prepare their seafood dish before it is presented to a panel of industry experts and celebrity judges. After sampling the unique creations, the panel crowns the next “King of American Seafood!”