2011 Junior Chefs Rockfish Cook-Off Call For Contestants

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The 2011 East Coast Commercial Fisherman’s and Aquaculture Trade Exposition is fast approaching, and this year’s show will once again be offering young chefs a chance to show off their skills.  This year’s expo will mark the 13th year of the East Coast Junior Watermen’s Show, and all chefs between the ages of 7 and 17 are encouraged to enter their best Rockfish recipes in the 4th Annual Junior Chefs Rockfish Cook-Off.  The top ten finalists will compete in the Cook-Off on Saturday, January 29 in Ocean City, Maryland.

The contest will consist of two age groups, 7 – 12 and 13 – 17.  Five finalists will be selected from each age group to compete for cash prizes and plaques.  First place will receive $200 and a plaque, second place will receive $100 and a plaque and third place will receive $50 and a plaque.  All finalists will receive Rockfish pins, aprons and certificates.

All entries are due by Monday, December 13, 2010.  Finalists will be notified by Thursday, January 7, 2011.  A daytime phone number is required on all entry forms in order for finalists to be notified.  The recipe should be an original entrée or main dish.  Each finalist will receive two pounds of rockfish fillets to use the day of the competition.  All other ingredients and cooking utensils are the contestants’ responsibility.  Judging will be based on taste, originality, appearance (or attractiveness), and predominance of rockfish.  Parental permission and supervision must be provided.

The Cook-Off is sponsored by University of Delaware Sea Grant Program, University of Maryland Sea Grant and the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Seafood Marketing Program.  For a list of all official rules and regulations, as well as an entry form, please email Doris Hicks at dhicks@udel.edu or visit www.marylandseafood.org.

source: Maryland Department of Agriculture

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