Chef Peter Duenas of Meskla Chamoru Fusion Bistro in Hagåtña took third place in the 2019 Great American Seafood Cook-Off in the territory's debut at the annual event.

Duenas prepared a Prawn Hash-Topped Napoleon Wrasse and faced off against 15 other chefs from across the nation at the event held Aug. 3 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Duenas and the chefs cooked in front of a live audience and a panel of nationally acclaimed judges showcasing their skills with domestic seafood to present the best seafood dishes.

During the competition, each chef prepared a dish highlighting the use of domestic seafood while interacting with the live audience and the celebrity chef hosts.

Each dish was presented to a panel of nationally renowned judges who scored based on presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship and flavor.

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board crowned chef Nathan Richard of D.T.B. in New Orleans as the 2019 King of American Seafood.

Richard wowed a panel of nationally acclaimed judges with his Crawfish and Goat Cheese King Cake with cream cheese pepper jelly, crab fat, sugar, and Cajun Caviar to beat 16 of the country’s best seafood chefs by showcasing his creativity and highlighting the superior quality of the seafood that comes from Louisiana’s shorelines and vast waterways. This is the same dish he cooked to win the title 2019 King of Louisiana Seafood in June.

“We enjoy hosting the best chefs in the country to battle for the coveted title of King or Queen of American Seafood. Our congratulations to Louisiana’s own King of Seafood Chef Nathan Richard for beating out a tough lineup of competitors to take home the crown 2019 King of American Seafood,” Nungesser said. “Beyond naming the best seafood chef in America, we also get to show off the exceptional quality of Gulf seafood and encourage the competitors to continue or start featuring our products in their restaurants. It truly is a wonderful opportunity to further showcase to the nation all the things in Louisiana that will feed your soul.”

“I couldn’t believe it with the level of competition we had here today. At this level, you never know what people are going to bring to the table. We brought our ‘A’ game for sure. I couldn’t be more proud to represent Louisiana as the 2019 King of Louisiana Seafood and now the 2019 King of American Seafood," Richard said.

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