Anchorage chef takes third in cook-off

Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - Chefs from across the country gathered in New Orleans to show off their skills in preparing seafood dishes at the 2009 Great American Seafood Cook-Off, and an Anchorage chef took third place.

Patrick Hoogerhyde, executive chef of WildFin Seagrill in Anchorage took third with a dish melding wild Alaska King Salmon with cranberry-infused birch syrup molasses.

New Orleans culinary master Tory McPhail took the top prize. McPhail, executive chef of the acclaimed Commander's Palace, nabbed first place among 15 contenders in the contest held last weekend and was crowned "King of American Seafood." McPhail's winning dish was a Creole seafood mixed grill, combining Louisiana sheepshead, shrimp and crabmeat.

Peter Fischbach, executive chef for Gourmet Dining Services at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J., captured second place with a sea scallop, chili-herb grits and bacon dish; while

Last year, executive chef John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, Miss., won the title with his Mississippi redfish courtboullion and seafood dirty rice dish.

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