Alex Eaton – The King of American Seafood

Winner Winner, Seafood Dinner

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 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.

Alex Eaton Crowned King of Mississippi Seafood

The Manship’s Executive Chef, Alex Eaton, was awarded the King of Mississippi Seafood crown.

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 (Atlanta, GA), Jay Ducote of (Baton Rouge, LA, Mary Foreman of (Biloxi, MS), and Tony Matassa of Shopper’s Choice (Baton Rouge, LA).

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