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Chefs go head to head in Louisiana seafood cook-off

The state is one of the United States' largest seafood producers.

The Louisiana Seafood Cook-off is headed to Lafayette, challenging chefs from around the state to claim the title of King/Queen of Louisiana Seafood.

 Twelve chefs will be going head-to-head in the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off this year, where they will compete for the title of King/Queen of Louisiana Seafood, reports KATC.

"The winner of the event plays a very important role in educating people from around the world on the flavor and sustainability of Louisiana seafood, which is a core piece of our culture, from fine dining to backyard boils," said local governor Billy Nungesser.

Louisiana is the largest seafood producer in the contiguous United States, he said.

The winner of the cook-off will represent the state in numerous events including the Great American Seafood Cook-Off.

The competing chefs are Ben Fidelak, executive chef/owner at The Levee in Alexandria; Ryan Andre, executive chef at City Pork Brasserie & Bar in Baton Rouge; Dustie Latiolais, executive chef at Crawfish Town USA in Henderson; Prejean's Ernest Prejean and Brad Tanner, chef de cuisine at Café Vermilionville in Lafayette; Lyle Broussard, chef de cuisine, Jack Daniel's Bar & Grill in Lake Charles; Chris McKnight, chef/owner at The Fat Pelican in Monroe; Eric Cook, executive chef at Bourbon House, Austin Kirzner, executive chef at Red Fish Grill and Nathan Richard, executive chef at Cavan, all in New Orleans; Anthony Felan, exec chef at Wine Country Bistro in Shreveport; and Bonnie Breaux, executive chef at The St. John Restaurant in St Martinville.

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