Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Great American Seafood Cook Off 2009

Posted By on Tue, May 11, 2010 at 6:00 AM

The Great American Seafood Cook-Off is an event held to raise awareness of sustainable seafood and aquaculture and is considered one of the biggest culinary competitions in the country. The winner of GASCO is crowned “King or Queen of American Seafood” and on Saturday, May 15, PBS will be broadcast the 2009 GASCO.

Any chef worth his sea salt would love to put the title “King of American Seafood” on his resume. It just sounds cool. Plus, even Idaho is represented in this seafood competition. That's right, seafood.

In 2009, I was Idaho's representative at GASCO. I went down to New Orleans for a few days and my good friend Kelsey Price and I cooked our butts off. At GASCO, a representative from each state has to cook a fish that is either caught or raised in a sustainable manner within its territory.

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We made a great trout dish that we called "oven poached Idaho trout with Idaho potatoes marques, sweet peas, huckleberry jelly and a brown butter miso vinaigrette."

I picked trout because Idaho is the country's largest producer of trout. We produce 70 percent of the trout consumed in the United States. The best part about the fish, is that it is one of the more sustainable kinds of seafood and is an easy fish to farm raise.

How did I do in the competition? I am not the “King of American Seafood.” I placed seventh out 15. But the real question is, how did I look while losing? I haven't seen the show but I know I did some silly stuff while they were filming. So, on Saturday, May 15, at 10:30 a.m. join me in watching some goofy chefs (including one who blogs on the Boise Weekly website) represent Idaho in the Great American Seafood Cook Off 2009.

Click here for more information on the competition and the PBS broadcast. (I'm the guy from Idaho.)

Randy King is the Executive Chef at Sysco Food Services of Idaho. He has served as the Executive Chef at several locations in Boise including Richard’s in Hyde Park, Crane Creek Country Club and the Doubletree Riverside Hotel. Randy is a member of the American Culinary Federation and has been awarded the elite status of Certified Executive Chef. He can typically be found behind a stove making a mess…and something delicious to eat.

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