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Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off sets bar for Alaska cuisine


Anchorage, Alaska – The second annual Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, hosted by The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), will take place on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Historic Railroad Depot in downtown Anchorage, guests will take a scenic train ride down Turnagain Arm before arriving at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot, located at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, for a night of great food and drink paired with fierce competition. During the live cook off, six professional Alaska chefs will have an hour to prepare and plate a dish highlighting Alaska seafood. Their work will be judged by a panel of past Great American Seafood Cook Off contestants and culinary stars from Alaska and beyond. Young Alaska rapper and fisherman Eli Fields will perform music inspired by his upbringing in Kodiak. Local radio host Dave Stieren will return as the event emcee.

The six chefs selected to compete in the live cook off are:

Brett Knipmeyer – Kinley’s Restaurant & Bar, Anchorage
Drew Johnson – Kincaid Grill, Anchorage
Stuart Campbell – Icy Strait Point, Hoonah
Kevin Lane – Chinooks Waterfront, Seward

Robert Lewis – Maxine’s Fireweed Bistro, Anchorage

Mandy Dixon – Within the Wild Adventure Company (La Baleine Café)

Judges for the event include Chef Jesse Ziff Cool from the Cool Café in Menlo Park, Calif.; Chef Jason Wilson from Crush in Seattle; Chef Brian Malarkey of the third season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and new judge for ABC’s “The Taste;” two-time Great American Seafood Cook-Off competitor, Chef Stefani Marnon; and Naomi Everett from the University of Alaska - Anchorage Culinary School.

 Sponsors of the event include the Alaska Railroad Corp., Alaska Airlines, Alaska Grown, Alaskan Brewing Co., Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fish Watch.

 The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is a non-profit partnership of the State of Alaska and the Alaska seafood industry that promotes the wild, natural and sustainably managed seafood of Alaska.


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