BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A search is underway for Louisiana chefs ready to handle the heat in the 15th Annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off.

Eligible chefs planning to participate in the cook-off, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 7 at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette, must submit applications by the Friday, May 6 deadline.

“Louisiana is a place where you can Feed Your Soul with great seafood found in our largest cities all the way to our smallest towns. As the largest seafood producer in the contiguous U.S., the quality of Louisiana seafood is unsurpassed,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. “The winner of the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off plays a very important role in educating people from around the world on the flavor and sustainability of Louisiana seafood, which is a core piece of our culture, from fine dining to backyard boils.”

The chef crowned King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood will have the chance to represent Louisiana at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans on Saturday, August 6.

“Locals and visitors alike come to the Bayou State to indulge in beautiful and creative cuisine by our talented chefs which features Louisiana crab, shrimp, oysters, fin fish, alligator and crawfish at the center of the plate,” said Stan Harris, president and CEO of Louisiana Restaurant Association. “That’s why Louisiana restaurants and Louisiana seafood makes a perfect pair.”

Last year’s winner, Chef Tory McPhail, served up a winning dish of lemon-seared sheepshead paired with fresh, local corn and tomatoes.

McPhail himself said the dish was a “good honest Louisiana dish made with amazing, great Louisiana seafood.”

“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 created a culinary identity for Louisiana unlike any other state,” Nungesser said. “This is a chance for us to celebrate the great contribution chefs and our hard-working seafood industry make to the state that truly Feed Your Soul.”

Those interested in competing must be an executive chef for a free-standing Louisiana restaurant belonging to the Lousiana Restaurant Association to apply. To fill out an application, click here.

For more information about the cook-off, visit LouisianaSeafood.com.