Each year, chefs from throughout the country are given the chance to represent their states and their home seafood in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. Started by The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board in 2004, the Cook-Off promotes domestic, sustainable seafood. Chefs cook before a live audience and present their dishes to a notable panel of six national judges who score based on presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship, flavor and more. Featuring a parade, entertaining hosts and renowned chefs, it’s a don’t-miss event.
Cook Off Schedule:

Saturday, Aug. 5

11:30 a.m. Opening ceremony

12:00 p.m. Cooking begins

The chefs will have staggered start times. Each chef will have one hour to cook and plate. Dishes will be presented to judges, who will have 15 minutes to hear each chef’s presentation and critique the dish.

3:30 p.m. Cooking ends

3:45 p.m. Judging ends

3:50-4:20 p.m. Entertainment during judge tabluation

4:30 p.m. Closing ceremony

4:45 p.m. America's Best Seafood Chef crowned

Sunday, Aug. 6 – 4-H Edition

11 a.m. Opening ceremony

11:15 a.m. Cooking begins

1:15 p.m. Cooking ends

1:45 p.m. Closing Ceremonies and Awards

Admission is free to those attending the Louisiana Restaurant Association Show. General public can buy $5 tickets in advance by clicking here. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.