Wind Creek Montgomery Chef Selected for State Cooking – The Atmore Advance
One of the chefs at Wind Creek Casino and the Montgomery Hotel has been selected for the sixth annual Alabama Seafood-Off meal, a statement said.
Chef Kelly Hargroves to join chefs Michael Andrzejewski, Fisher’s in Orange Beach; Brandon Burleson, Sparta Academy Nutrition Program; and Scott Simpson, The Depot in Auburn, next month to compete for the chance to represent the state of Alabama at the 17th Great American Seafood-Off in New Orleans. The Great American Seafood Cook-Off will take place in August.
The Alabama Gulf Seafood Cook-Off is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 21 at the Lodge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.
“While this is a tough decision, we are excited about the chefs chosen and we know it will be a tough competition,” said Chef Jim Smith, Chairman of the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission and 2011 winner of the Alabama Seafood Cook-Off and GASCO. . “These contestants will add to the excitement and anticipation of this event and help bring both the crowds and the brotherhood back to a truly missed event in 2020.”
The selection process required chefs from across the state to submit a recipe that included Alabama Gulf Seafood as the featured ingredient. A jury of experts reviewed each chef’s recipe and selected their top four based on creativity, composition, harmony of ingredients and more. The competing chefs and their recipe submissions are as follows:
• Andrzejewski – Gulf Tripletail with smoked fish fritters, bacon jam and green herb puree
• Burleson – Margarita Flame Kissed Shrimp on Warm Esquites (Mexican Street Corn Salad) with Alabama Blue Crab
• Hargroves – Gulf barbecue plate: fish, oatmeal and greens
• Simpson – Poblano Poblano Poblano Poblano Peppered Gulf Grouper Over Gulf Shrimp, Sweet Corn & Bacon Conecuh With Coriander Crema
This year, ASCO reports the first year that the cook-off will be held as an independent event and at the Lodge at Gulf State Park. The chefs will compete on the large open terrace overlooking the beach of the place serving as a backdrop suitable for the kitchen. All competing chefs will have one hour to complete their recipe and present it to the judges.
“With some of Alabama’s top chefs competing, this year’s Cook-Off will truly be an event you can’t miss,” said Chris Blankenship, commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources of Alabama and program administrator. from the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission. “Everyone is welcome to watch these top four chefs present exquisite and delicious recipe submissions.
This event is free for all participants. General admission will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, Gulf of Alabama seafood, and a cash bar. Alabama Gulf Seafood merchandise will be available for purchase onsite.
Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Montgomery is one of three casinos owned and operated by the Poarch Creek Indians in Alabama. Other casinos and hotels include Atmore and Wetumpka.