The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, along with Louisiana Lt Governor Billy Nungesser, are looking for the best seafood chefs in the state. The 13th Annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off will be held on Tuesday, August 25. For the fourth year in a row the event will be held at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette. The Cook-Off is normally held in June, in conjunction with the kick off to the Eat Lafayette restaurant campaign, but it had to be moved this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Applications are currently being sought for qualified chefs through Friday, July 13. According to the official press release, Nungesser said "This move to late summer will serve as a celebration of our state’s talented chefs’ return to their kitchens. It’s also a chance to highlight the re-opening of the many unique restaurants not just in Lafayette, but around Louisiana, as we work to be able to safely welcome visitors back to our state."

Nungesser goes on to say that all state regulations and CDC guidelines will be met to ensure the safety of participants, chefs, and judges. Chefs will be competing at least six feet apart, and strict measures will be taken for sanitation and food preparation.

For more information on the cook-off, and how to submit an application, check out the video below from the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. And remember, the applications are limited, so if you qualify, you need to send yours in ASAP. Good luck, chefs!