NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The 2015 King of Louisiana Seafood cook-off winner is New Orleans native chef Mike Brewer of The Sammich in New Orleans. Lt. Governor Dardenne announced that Brewer earned the title during the 8th annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-off, which was presented by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.
According to a Louisiana Seafood spokesperson the winning dish was Brewer's Sheepshead Nachos with Bacon Fat Tartar Sauce and Charred Corn Salsa. Brewer will now represent Louisiana at the Great American Seafood Cook-off on August 8th.
Lyle Broussard of Jack Daniel's Bar & Grill in Lake Charles came in second place with his dish Pan Roasted Gulf Grouper with Baby Mustard Greens, Citrus Salad and Roasted White Corn Maque Choux, and third place was chef Michael Nelson of GW Fins in New Orleans with his New New Orleans Oyster Artichoke Soup dish.
Judges for this year's cook-off included 2013 winner David Crews, executive chef of Gautreau's in New Orleans Sue Zemanick and Louisiana Cookin' Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Schumacher; among others. The 2011 winner, chef Cody Bahr and WAFB's Johnny Ahysen were the masters of ceremonies.
Lt. Governor Dardenne said, "Thanks to all 10 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. 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."