Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off featuring Alton Brown

The Third Coast is a hot spot for food and drink festivals of all incarnations.  It is my plan to chronicle some of the great festivals to be found in the region.  This time around I visited the 2nd Annual Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off on Dauphin Island, AL that was held on March 26.

A year ago when the town of Dauphin Island held their first ever gumbo cook-off they had no idea what the future held in store.  As home of the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo and the only beaches in Alabama’s second most populous county, they were just gearing up for the busy tourist and sport fishing season.  A month later there was an explosion on the BP owned and operated Deepwater Horizon oil rig.  As a result eleven men died and an entire season was lost.

Blame for the mishap can be equally dispersed among three groups.  First, BP for not employing the highest measure of safety possible.  Second the Obama Administration who not only signed off on the safety of the rig just weeks before the accident but also for conducting the single worst recovery effort in US history.  Lastly, the highest level of blame belongs to the environmentalist groups who’ve conspired to move offshore drilling into deeper water strictly in the hopes that just such an accident would happen.  They think it proves they were right but the only thing it proves is that the worst enemy of our environment are environmentalists.

So the Gulf States cannot count on BP to help, it’s okay because AB will.  Food Network star Alton Brown was the guest of honor at the Cook-off which helped insure a turnout three times the size of last year’s event.  Brown had a few choice words for BP and about Asian farm raised seafood which is far more toxic than Gulf seafood would be if it were drenched in crude oil.  Enough of my gabbing.  See for yourself:

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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Stuart’s Honors & Awards
2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up
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