Chef Ben Fidelak to compete for King of Louisiana Seafood title


Chef Ben Fidelak, Mariner’s Restaurant; Natchitoches (Competed in 2017, 2020) will again compete in the Louisiana Seafood Cookoff contest.
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board announced the selection of chefs from across the state, including Fidelak, to represent their areas in the cook off. Among the 12 chefs are eight first-time competitors vying to take the crown of King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood. This year’s competition will be June 7 at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette.
“With so many chefs in Louisiana to choose from, it was hard to narrow it down to just 12 competitors. There is no doubt judging dishes this year will be more difficult than ever before,” said Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. “In Louisiana, good food is just part of what connects us to our diverse heritage and seafood is a big part of that. From recipes passed down through generations to the culinary creations of our state’s chefs, seafood has developed a culinary identity for Louisiana unlike any other state. That’s the main reason for events like the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off. It’s a chance to celebrate the great contribution of our chefs, and our hard working seafood industry, make in Louisiana that truly Feed Your Soul.”
Chefs competing with Fidelak to become the 2022 King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood include:
 •Ryan Cashio; Cajun House & Catering, LLC; Laplace (First-time Competitor)
•Amanda Cusey; The Villa Harlequin; Lake Charles (First-time Competitor)
•Russell Davis; Eliza Restaurant & Bar and JED’S Local Louisiana Po’boys; Baton Rouge (First-time Competitor)
•David Dickensauge; Tsunami; Baton Rouge (Competed in 2014, 2015)
•Ryan Gaudet; Spahr’s Seafood; Des Allemands (Competed in 2015, 2016)
•Kyle Hudson; Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine; Baton Rouge (First-time Competitor)
•Karlos Knott; Bayou Teche Brewing & Cajun Saucer; Arnaudville (First-time Competitor)
•Brett Monteleone; Junior’s on Harrison; New Orleans (First-time Competitor)
•Amy Sins; Langlois; New Orleans  (Competed in 2016, 2019, 2020)
•Joshua Spell; Fezzo’s Seafood Steakhouse & Oyster Bar; Crowley (First-time Competitor)
•Grant Wallace; Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse; New Orleans (First-time Competitor)
To be eligible to compete, a chef must be the executive chef of a free-standing Louisiana restaurant belonging to the Louisiana Restaurant Association, a proud partner of both the Louisiana and Great American Seafood Cook-Offs.
Confirmed judges for the 2022 Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off include Chef Edgar “Dooky” Chase IV and Celeste Chachere.