Crab cooking contest promises bragging rights

Whether you’re a home chef or a restaurant chef, there’s a crab cooking contest that promises “bragging rights” for a year for its winners.


Crabs will take center stage in February at the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, where the theme for 2008 is “Claws.” Prior to the festival, The Islander newspaper is hosting a cooking contest at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez that will feature crab recipes, and all are welcome to enter.


Winners will be announced immediately following the contest judging on Feb. 7, 2009 and prizes will be awarded at the festival, which will be held Feb. 21-22, 2009. There will be only one category: Crab.


Home chefs can enter an appetizer, salad or entree that must contain either blue crab or stone crab. The recipe quantity should be sufficient for three judges to sample the entry. There is no fee for individuals to enter and no limit on the number of entries. 


Professional chef’s can enter a restaurant contest for best crab cake. Restaurants must pay a $25 entry fee and the winner will receive “best crab cake” bragging rights for a year with a framed certificate and honors in the newspaper and “centerstage” at the festival. Proceeds will benefit the fishing festival.


An entry form and instructions are available in this week’s edition of The Islander or online at the CVHS web page. Judging for the contest will be 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Janette Dunnigan, Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash and Islander publisher Bonner Joy.


Entries will be required to be delivered to the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez by noon on Feb. 7, 2009, and winners will be announced at the end of the judging. All entrants must include a recipe with their crab dish. Entries must be provided “ready to eat” on plain covered white “disposable” tableware or in plain plastic containers. For individual entries, the judges will award a first prize of $100, and a runner-up will earn $25. There also will be a prize for “Most Original Recipe,” and that winner will receive a dinner for two at the Star Fish Company Restaurant.

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