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This year's Festival featured a Seafood Throwdown on Sunday. Chefs Henry Bousquet (culinary arts teacher at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School) and Chef Mike Fuller (Mass Maritime Academy) competed to create a seafood dish using a surprise local seafood ingredient (red fish) and fresh, local produce. Chefs brought three of their favorite ingredients and once they discovered the secret seafood, they received $25 and 15 minutes to shop the Festival Farmers' Market for ingredients. After their shopping spree, they had one hour to cook and present their entry for the judge's consideration.
This year's contest challenged chefs to make "kid friendly" seafood good enough to win over a panel of young judges. The contest concluded with an opportunity for the audience to sample the dishes.
Chef Bousquet created a red fish pizza. Chef Fuller created seafood jambalaya.
And the winner was: Chef Mike Fuller!
Seafood Throwdowns provide an opportunity to learn more about our local seafood, local fishing fleet and fisheries related issues affecting our ocean, fishing economies and coastal food systems. The event is a collaboration between the Working Waterfront Festival and Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.