Congratulations are in order because Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board have crowned this year's King of Louisiana Seafood.Chef Robert Vasquez was crowned 2020's King of Louisiana Seafood in the 13th Annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off competition, which, due to the pandemic, was held virtually this year on Monday, November 2. Robert Vasquez, of Pepe's Sonoran Cuisine located in Covington, won with his dish featuring red snapper and crawfish sofrito with turnip puree. Vasquez was virtually congratulated and crowned via a cutout of him located at the Louisiana State Museum in downtown Baton Rouge.
The virtual event featured 10 culinary chefs from throughout Louisiana, with each competing chef's recorded cooking demonstrations provided to judges to determine this year's winner. The chefs were given 30 minutes to complete their seafood dish and showcase their techniques to viewers. As the chefs prepared their dishes, they also provided instructions on how viewers could prepare those same dishes at their own homes. Their dishes showcased a variety of delicious seafood choices, such as fish, crab, shrimp, and even alligator. Through Louisiana Seafood's Facebook page, viewers were also able to pick a "People's Choice" winner by voting by sharing their favorite chef's recorded cooking demonstration. The Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off's 2020 "People's Choice" winner was Chef Devan Giddix, of Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House in New Orleans.
If you missed the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off, it is available to watch on the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board's Facebook page at facebook.com/LouisianaSeafood. At the end of the event, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser emphasized the importance of supporting local restaurants and the hospitality industry, which continues to be in desperate need as the pandemic drags on. Celebrate Vasquez's victory today by supporting your favorite local restaurant and enjoying the tasty Louisiana seafood you know and love.