NewsArts & Culture / August 1, 2017

Local Chef To Compete In National Seafood Cook-Off

Indianapolis Chef Ryan Nelson is headed to New Orleans this week for the Great American Seafood Cook-off. Indianapolis, Ryan Nelson, Great American Seafood Cook-off, seafood2017-08-01T00:00:00-04:00
Local Chef To Compete In National Seafood Cook-Off

Indianapolis Chef Ryan Nelson is one of 13 chefs from across the country competing in the Great American Seafood Cook-off.

Indianapolis Chef Ryan Nelson is headed to New Orleans this week for the Great American Seafood Cook-off.

In its 14th year, the cook-off promotes the quality and variety of domestic seafood.  During the competition, each chef will prepare a dish that highlights the use of domestic seafood while interacting with a live audience, celebrity hosts and the “chef ref.” Each dish will be presented to a panel of nationally known judges, who will score based on presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship and flavor. 

After eight  years as executive chef/partner at the Indianapolis Oceanaire Seafood Room, Nelson is now the chef/owner of Indy’s Late Harvest Kitchen and the North End Barbecue. 

Where does Chef Nelson get his fish?

“We do a lot of fish out of the Great Lakes. A lot of lake fish, lake trout, walleye, white fish, smelt," says Nelson "I’m an avid fisherman myself and love fishing for walleye, so we do a lot of lake fish on our menus.”

Nelson is one of 13 chefs competing and the only one from Indiana.  He has a pretty good idea of what he will be preparing to hopefully win over the judges.

“Ahead of time they kind of want you to submit a recipe, and I’m going to be highlighting white fish out of Lake Michigan,” he says. 

The 2017 Great American Seafood Cook-Off will be held at the Ernest Morial Convention Center Aug. 5 at 11:30 a.m., in front of a live audience and panel of nationally-acclaimed judges.

 

 

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