Winner Winner, Seafood Dinner
Photo Courtesy of The Clarion-Ledger
Courtesy of Ann Maloney, NOLA.com – The Times-Picayune
When the confetti rained down in New Orleans upon the newly-crowned King of American Seafood on Saturday, August 6th, it was The Manship’s Alex Eaton. For The Great American Seafood Cook Off
, Alex prepared a Trio of Gulf Shrimp: Barbeque Gulf Brown, Mediterranean Gulf White, and Florida Royal Red. The Clarion-Ledger reported
that the trio dish “was like a montage that wrapped together highlights from his own culinary past, including restaurant cooking in New Orleans, his family’s Mediterranean heritage, and summer vacations in Florida.”
He also spoke to NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune and told them more about his inspiration, “I spent some time cooking in New Orleans, so I had to do a shout-out with the barbeque shrimp.”
Alex’s wins at The Great Mississippi Seafood Cook Off and The Great American Seafood Cook Off qualify him tcompete against 49 chefs from around the globe in November at The World Seafood Championship. The winner of that prize receives $10,000 and is eligible to compete at the World Food Championship.
The Manship’s Executive Chef, Alex Eaton, heads to New Orleans to compete on Saturday, August 6th in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. He qualified for the National Competition after winning the Mississippi competition earlier this year. He revealed to the Clarion-Ledger that he plans to make one each of three types of Gulf shrimp: Royal Red, Gulf Brown, and Gulf White.
The Clarion Ledger came to The Manship to watch Alex prepare a 15 lb. yellow-edged grouper for the day’s menu. In the video above, he butchers the fish and explains how The Manship makes the most of each fish, using the throats for sauces and the bones for sauces. Whole-animal cooking is part of the kitchen’s philosophy and why meals at the The Manship are as sustainable as they are fresh.
A new profile on Alex was published by Jackson Free Press in anticipation of the Cook-Off. Read how his mentor lit the fire under him to focus on the craft of cooking and his strategy for this weekend’s competition.
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The Mississippi Seafood Cookoff is a regional qualifier for the nation’s most prestigious seafood competition, and Eaton’s win on May 26th will send him to the national Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans, Louisiana in August.
Eaton was given a 50-minute cooking period in which he cooked Snapper collar with Gulf shrimp and crap, roasted fennel, pickled ramps, and lemon garlic broth. The flavorful and beautifully-presented dish was a 1st place winner to judges Susan Benton of 30Aeats (Pensacola, FL), Steve D’Angelo of Chefter.com (Atlanta, GA), Jay Ducote of BiteandBooze.com (Baton Rouge, LA, Mary Foreman of DeepSouthDish.com (Biloxi, MS), and Tony Matassa of Shopper’s Choice (Baton Rouge, LA).
Thanks to EatYall.com for capturing the event!