Chefs prepare for 2016 Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off _lowres

Photo by Jeff Pounds Photography -Chef Michael Brewer of the Sammich won the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off in May. This weekend he represents the state in the Great American Seafood Coof-Off, competing for honors with 11 other chefs from across the country.

One chef will be crowned king or queen of Louisiana seafood this weekend.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will host the ninth annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off on Saturday.

More than 10 chefs from various cities across Louisiana will take the stage during the competition, which will be held at the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience’s Grand Tasting in the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. The next king or queen will be crowned at 8:30 p.m.

This year’s competitors includes five chefs from New Orleans and two from Baton Rouge. The winner will move on to compete against chefs from across the nation in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off on Aug. 6 at the Louisiana Restaurant Association Show.

The competitors include: Bradley Andries of Sac-a-Lait (New Orleans); Brian Bajon of Barcadia (New Orleans); Lyle Broussard of Jack Daniel’s Bar and Grill (Lake Charles); Ryan Gaudet of Spahr’s Seafood (Des Allemands); Celeste Gill of Cooking Up Louisiana Treasure (Baton Rouge); Frederick Ngo of Jimmy’s Seafood & Steak (Bossier City); Blake Phillips of Restaurant Sage (Monroe); Mark Quitney of Roux Bistro (New Orleans); Nathan Richard of Kingfish Kitchen & Cocktails (New Orleans); Amy Sins of Langlois (New Orleans); and Scott Varnedoe of Restaurant IPO (Baton Rouge).

For more information on the event, visit louisianaseafoodcookoff.com.