First Lady Mary Pat Christie to Host Jersey Seafood Challenge

Winner to Represent the State in National Seafood Cookoff

Sixteen chefs from across the Garden State will gather at Drumthwacket tomorrow, Thursday June 30 to compete in the Jersey Seafood Challenge. The event, hosted by First Lady Mary Pat Christie, will determine who will represent New Jersey at the Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans in August.

The first chefs will enter the kitchen at approximately 9 a.m. to begin cooking their “Signature Dish” featuring Jersey Seafood and Jersey Fresh produce. Mrs. Christie will be on hand to judge and announce the winner from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Judges for the competition include: First Lady Mary Pat Christie; Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher; Jennifer Monaco, Club Managers Association of New Jersey; Bill Tillinghast, Vice President, American Culinary Foundation-Northeast Region; Jim Weaver, President, New Jersey Slow Food Movement; Larry Frazer, American Culinary Foundation-Princeton; David Burke, Fromagerie, Rumson and board member of the New Jersey Restaurant Association; Peter Genovese, Star-Ledger “Munch-Mobile”; Gary Giberson, Lawrenceville School Food Service Director; and Ed Coss, Milford Oyster House.

Seafood Challenge participants are:

Christopher Albrecht, Eno Terra and Enoteca, Kingston

Scott Anderson, Elements, Princeton

Mitchell Altholz, Highlawn Pavilion, West Orange

Michael John Chu, Mehtani Restaurant Group, Morristown

Chris Curado, Chakra Restaurant, Paramus

Kevin Guinta, Plate American Café, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City

Demetrios Haronis, Fin (Tropicana Hotel Casino), Atlantic City

Michael Inferrera, Mia (Caesar’s Hotel and Casino), Atlantic City

J. Geoffrey Johnson, Copper Fish on Broadway, West Cape May

Sofia Karakasidou, Kuzina by Sofia, Cherry Hill

Jack Koumbis, Assembly Steak House and Seafood Grill, Englewood Cliffs

James Laird, Restaurant Serenade, Chatham

Will Mooney, The Brothers Moon Restaurant, Hopewell,

Elizabeth Penn, Student Chef, Academy of Culinary Arts, Atlantic-Cape Community College, Mays Landing

David Suscavage, The Foundation Room (Showboat Hotel and Casino), Atlantic City

Kevin Taylor, Los Amigos Restaurant, West Berlin

First Lady Mary Pat Christie will be on hand to judge and announce the Jersey Seafood Challenge winner from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Drumthwacket, the Governor’s Residence.

Best of luck to all.