Posted: Friday, August 17, 2007

Stefani Marnon and Naomi Everett represented Alaska at the fourth annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans. The two were among a group of chefs from across the nation to vie for the title of king or queen of American Seafood at the competition this weekend at the Louisiana Foodservice Expo.

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Although Chef Tim Thomas, of Georgia, took home the crown as this year's king of seafood, the team from Alaska represented their coastal state well.

The cook-off is designed to bring about awareness of domestic seafood use and each chef is challenged to create a dish with indigenous to his or her home state. The team selected wild Alaska halibut as the star of their dish.

"The Great American Seafood Cook-Off has grown in popularity each year and we're thrilled to be a part of this meaningful event," said Bill Hogarth of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and event sponsor. "Through their participation, each of these chefs helped raise awareness of the importance of cooking with domestic seafood and sustainable fisheries."

Gov. Sarah Palin chose this veteran team to represent Alaska in the 2007 National Seafood Cook-Off.

Everett was born and raised in Anchorage and currently resides there. She is an instructor with the University of Alaska culinary arts and hospitality program.

A native New Yorker, Stefani now lives in Alaska's capital. She served three Alaska governors as executive residence chef, including Palin.

Event sponsors included NOAA, Shell Oil, Tabasco, Southwest Cargo, Whole Foods Market, Old Bay, Wild American Shrimp, National Fisheries Institute, Gulf & South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation, Texas Shrimp, Maryland Seafood, Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Coastal Living Magazine, Seafood Business Magazine, Wild Catch Magazine, Louisiana Cookin' Magazine, Culinary Concierge Magazine, Loubat Food Service Equipment, Savvy Gourmet, Louisiana Restaurant Association and Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board.

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