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Every year around this time, the Crème de la Crème of Louisiana chefs start honing their skill-set and working out the kinks in their new recipes in preparation for the biggest battle of their careers - the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off in June.

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It may be the preliminary competition to the Great American Seafood Cook-Off set for August - but to Louisiana seafood chefs, it's basically the Super Bowl.  12 of the best seafood chefs in the world (who just all happen to live in the same, delicious state) will face off at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette.


According to the Advertiser, these are your 2022 contestants:

  • Ryan Cashio; Cajun House & Catering, LLC; Laplace (1st-time Competitor)
  • Amanda Cusey; The Villa Harlequin; Lake Charles (1st-time Competitor)
  • Russell Davis; Eliza Restaurant & Bar and JED’S Local Louisiana Po’boys; Baton Rouge (1st-time Competitor)
  • David Dickensauge; Tsunami; Baton Rouge (Competed in 2014, 2015)
  • Ben Fidelak; Mariner’s Restaurant; Natchitoches (Competed in 2017, 2020)
  • Ryan Gaudet; Spahr’s Seafood; Des Allemands (Competed in 2015, 2016)
  • Kyle Hudson; Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine; Baton Rouge (1st-time Competitor)
  • Karlos Knott; Bayou Teche Brewing & Cajun Saucer; Arnaudville (1st-time Competitor)
  • Brett Monteleone; Junior’s on Harrison; New Orleans (1st-time Competitor)
  • Amy Sins; Langlois; New Orleans (Competed in 2016, 2019, 2020)
  • Joshua Spell; Fezzo’s Seafood Steakhouse & Oyster Bar; Crowley (1st-time Competitor)
  • Grant Wallace; Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse; New Orleans (1st-time Competitor)

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