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2010 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: 2010-09-30

Duration: 00:26:36

Subjects: Cooking (Seafood) | Food | CONTESTS | Chefs | BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010


  • Blackwell, Jeff Narrator
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Barnes, Liz Producer
  • Smith, Ewell Interviewee
  • McPhail, Tory Interviewee
  • Folse, John Interviewee
  • Levinsohn, Al Interviewee
  • Timineri, Justin Interviewee
  • Fischbach, Peter Interviewee
  • Max, Dean Interviewee
  • Poynter, Woojay Interviewee
  • Lusk, Chris Interviewee
  • Lewis, Paul Interviewee
  • King, Randy Interviewee
  • Arrington, Mackenzie Interviewee
  • Bhatt, Vishwesh Interviewee
  • Schwaab, Eric Interviewee
  • Ashby, Jeremy Interviewee
  • Volle, Gregory Interviewee
  • Fischer, Ed Interviewee
  • Gruninger, Bud Interviewee
  • Stephen, Beverly Interviewee
  • True, Wesley Interviewee
  • Tramonto, Rick Interviewee
  • Ram, Chandra Interviewee


This episode of the “Great American Seafood Cookoff” features highlights from the 2010 competition held at the Louisiana Foodservice Expo in New Orleans. Fourteen chefs from around the country compete to create the best seafood dish using the seafood indigenous to their states. The competitors are: Chef Al Levinsohn of Alaska; Chef Peter Fischbach of New Jersey; Chef Dean Max of Florida; Chef Woojay Poynter of Oregon; Chef Chris Lusk of Louisiana; Chef Paul Lewis of Texas; Chef Randy King of Idaho; Chef Mackenzie Arrington of Maine; Chef Vishwesh Bhatt of Mississippi; Chef Jeremy Ashby of Kentucky; Chef Gregory Volle of Illinois; Chef Ed Fischer of West Virginia; Chef Bud Gruninger of North Carolina; and Chef Wesley True of Alabama. This episode includes interviews with: Ewell Smith, the director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board; Chef John Folse, emcee; Chef Justin Timineri, the 2006 winner and a judge; Eric Schwaab, the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Beverly Stephen of Food Arts Magazine, judge; Chef Rick Tramonto, judge; and Chandra Ram of Plate Magazine, judge. It also includes interviews with the chefs describing their dishes. This show also touches on the impact of the 2010 BP Oil Spill on Louisiana’s seafood industry. Chef Dean Max of Florida is named the winner of the competition and crowned the “King of American Seafood.”