2015 Rhode Island Seafood Cook-off


High school culinary students to compete in

2015 Rhode Island Seafood Cook-off

Seafood Cook-off May 6: Come, Taste & Vote

NOTE: RSVP required

RICHMOND, R.I.—Local high school culinary students will be competing in the 2015 Rhode Island Seafood Cook-off, hosted by the Chariho Area Career & Technical Center, on Wednesday, May 6, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the public is invited to attend.

Student teams from the Chariho Area Career & Technical Center, the Warwick Area Career & Technical Center, the Cranston Career & Technical Center, and William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School will be serving up their own original recipes for Rhode Island’s state appetizer, calamari. The audience will vote for their favorite dish, and the winning team will have their recipe featured as an appetizer at the Mariner Grille, 142 Point Judith Road, Narragansett. They will also receive seafood cookbooks and a gift certificate for lunch at the Capital Grille restaurant. The event will also include a speaker from the R.I. Department of Environmental Management who will discuss the importance of Rhode Island-landed seafood in the local food economy.

“We think this is a great opportunity not only for our students to show what they can do, but to work under pressure, create an original seafood recipe that appeals to consumers, and to learn from other students from around the state,” said Linda Musch, chef instructor, Chariho Culinary Arts, “And we look forward to inviting the public in to see what our programs have to offer.”

“Seafood offers a number of health benefits, but people aren’t always sure how to prepare it,” said Lori Pivarnik of the University of Rhode Island Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences and Rhode Island Sea Grant, “This cook-off gives students the chance to come up with new preparations for a locally caught seafood that’s economically important to Rhode Island, and we hope it will give the audience some new ideas for making calamari at home.”

The event is free to attend, but RSVPs are required. Please call Rhode Island Sea Grant at (401) 874-6800 or email studentrisg@gmail.com. The Chariho Area Career & Technical Center is located at 459 Switch Road, Wood River Junction in Richmond, R.I.

The calamari for this event is being donated by The Town Dock, Narragansett. Town Dock is the largest supplier of calamari in the U.S.

Sponsors of the 2015 Rhode Island Seafood Cook-off are the Chariho Area Career & Technical Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant, the URI Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, and the URI Graduate School of Oceanography.