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New Mexico Chef Wins Second at National Seafood Contest

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Rock the Boat star chef Eric Stumpf returns triumphant.

New Mexico Chef Wins Second at National Seafood Contest

The winning dish by Eric Stumpf of Corn Maiden at Hyatt Regency Tamaya. Photo courtesy of Darrin Amador/Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico.

August 7, 2013

During the Aquarium's annual Rock the Boat Sustainable Seafood Festival this past June, local chefs competed for a chance to represent New Mexico in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. Eric Stumpf, Chef de Cuisine at Corn Maiden of Hyatt Regency Tamaya, wowed the Albuquerque crowd, snagging the "People's Choice Award." Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico sponsored his trip to New Orleans for the national contest. On Saturday, August 3, Eric represented the state of New Mexico and won second place.

Chef Eric Stumpf was accompanied by Matthew Schnooberger, who was also his partner at the Rock the Boat Sustainable Seafood Festival. Eric and Matthew cooked up a delicious sweet corn-crusted New Mexico brown trout and market vegetables with a Hatch chile duo. The tasty dish won the New Mexico chefs second place.

"We think it's fantastic that the New Mexico team took second place on this national stage," said Holly Casman, Aquarium Manager. "People across the country love seafood, and it is important that we all learn how to choose options that are good for the oceans and good for us. Each June, Rock the Boat gives New Mexicans a fun way to learn about and dine on sustainable seafood prepared by great local chefs, like Eric from Corn Maiden."

Culinary greats competing in the 10th Great American Seafood Cook-Off came from fifteen different states including Rhode Island, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, South Carolina, Oregon, Massachusetts, Alaska and more. But it was the chef from landlocked New Mexico that went home with one of the top prizes.

The ABQ BioPark's Rock the Boat Sustainable Seafood Festival is an annual event sponsored by the New Mexico BioPark Society. Guests learn about healthy seafood choices and ocean sustainability while enjoying delicious seafood dishes from Albuquerque's premier restaurants. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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