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2008 Competition

Great American Seafood Cookoff



Genre: Cooking

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority, Louisiana Seafood and Marketing Board

Date Issued: 2008-12-3

Duration: 00:28:32

Subjects: CONTESTS | Chefs | Besh, John | Cooking (Seafood) | Food


  • Blackwell, Jeff Narrator
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Besh, John Interviewee
  • Smith, Ewell Interviewee
  • Riggs, Michael Interviewee
  • Fischbach, Peter Interviewee
  • Holley, Mark Interviewee
  • Thomas, Dean Interviewee
  • Campbell, Tafari Interviewee
  • Currence, John Interviewee
  • Landry, Brian Interviewee
  • Anders, Paul Interviewee
  • Kinneen, Rob Interviewee
  • Balsiger, Jim Speaker


This episode of the “Great American Seafood Cookoff” features highlights from the 2008 competition held at the Louisiana Foodservice Expo in New Orleans. Fifteen chefs from around the country compete to create the best seafood dish using the seafood indigenous to their states. The competitors are: Chef Mark Holley of Texas; Chef Peter Fischbach of New Jersey; Chef Jeff Currence of Mississippi; Chef Tafari Campbell of Maryland; Chef Brian Landry of Louisiana; Chef Rob Kinneen of Alaska; Chef Jasper Mirabile of Kansas; Chef Michael Riggs of Kentucky; Chef Joel Sardinha of North Carolina; Chef Michael Taylor of Illinois; Chef Paul Anders of Colorado; Chef Barton Seaver of Washington, D.C.; Chef Margaret Salt McLellan of Maine; Chef Andre Bienvenu of Florida; and Chef Dean Thomas of California. This episode includes interviews with Chef John Besh, the emcee, and Ewell Smith of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. It also includes interviews with the chefs describing their dishes. Chef Jeff Currence of Mississippi is named the winner of the competition and crowned the “King of American Seafood.”