Georgia Shrimp with spiced creamed corn polenta, poblano pepper relish, and bacon butter. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.
Photo: Bob Townsend/Atlanta Restaurant Scene
Photo: Bob Townsend/Atlanta Restaurant Scene

First-ever Georgia Seafood Festival announces chef lineup 

The first-ever event bringing the taste of Georgia’s coast to metro Atlanta will feature a star-studded panel of chefs and judges representing the state’s culinary industry.

The Georgia Seafood Festival is set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Battery Atlanta. This inaugural event is hosted by the Fresh District, which promotes fresh, local and sustainable food in urban environments.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample fresh seafood, including Wild Georgia shrimp, enjoy cooking demonstrations and seafaring cocktails and learn about the industry with exhibits from Georgia Aquarium, University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Grown. 

“This festival will give attendees a unique culinary experience that will transport them to Georgia’s coast as they sample some of the freshest seafood our state has to offer,” said Delano Massey, festival founder and CEO of the Fresh District. 

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Some of Georgia’s most notable culinary chefs will lead cooking demonstrations, including:

•Pano Karatassos, executive chef of Atlanta’s acclaimed Kyma restaurant and corporate executive chef of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group;

•Fred Flu, owner of The Fluniversity and featured on Food Network’s “Cooks vs. Cons”;

•Guy Mitchell, former guest chef for the White House chef, former executive chef for the Philadelphia Eagles and creator of The White House Chef Tour; and

•Chantel Mines, executive chef at The Lost Druid Brewery and second-place winner of the Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition.

Four chefs will also be competing for a spot in the 2020 World Food Championships, which will be held in Dallas: Lisa Washington, Good Day Atlanta contributor and healthy living contributor for 104.7 The Fish; Scottie Johnson, personal chef and owner of Blessed and Highly Favored Cuisine; Marshall Rodgers, corporate executive chef for Goldbergs Corporation and former executive chef for Sweet Auburn BBQ; and Joseph Martin, owner of ANGELFIRE7 BBQ and winner of several grilling and smoking awards.

General admission tickets to the event is sold out, but attendees can purchase tickets that offer a variety of sampling options. For more information, visit the festival website.


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