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Cobia Cookoff Winner: Merry Graham’s Vietnamese Open-Faced Cobia Tacos

Oct 14

Cobia Cookoff Winner: Merry Graham’s Vietnamese Open-Faced Cobia Tacos

Tuesday, October 13, Good Catch teamed up with Open Blue Sea Farms to host the Cobia Cookoff at In the Kitchen with Bob Waggoner. The exciting chef showdown was followed by an Awards Reception at the Aquarium where guests enjoyed sustainable bites by Good Catch partners Cru Catering, Tristan Events, Sea Islands Grill and Michael’s on the Alley as well as local craft beer by Holy City Brewing as we presented the winner, Merry Graham, with her grand-prize trip to Panama!

During the Cobia Cookoff, all four food blogger chefs wowed the panel of Good Catch chef judges with their unique and creative dishes featuring sustainable Open Blue cobia. The panel included:

Chef Nate Whiting of 492 King

Chef Bob Waggoner of In the Kitchen with Bob Waggoner

Chef Drew Hedlund of Fleet Landing

Chef Rich Demarse of Charleston Harbor Fish House

Each recipe was judged based on best use of cobia, flavor and taste, creativity, presentation and crowd appeal.

One by one the contestants presented their beautifully-crafted cobia dishes. The judges thoughtfully reflected on each element of the judging criteria to draw their conclusion that Merry Graham’s Vietnamese Open-Faced Cobia Tacos reigned supreme!

Check out each contestants’ blog and try all four of the cobia recipes listed below:

A Merry Recipe by Merry Graham

Vietnamese Open-Faced Cobia Tacos

Cindy’s Recipes and Writings by Cindy Kerschner

Sun Dried Tomato and Potato Crusted Baked Cobia

The Foodie Patootie by Jennifer Buggica

Sauteed Cobia with Tomatoes and Capers

Plating Pixels by Matt Ivan

Blackened Fish Tacos with Blackberry Balsamic Salsa

Thank you to everyone involved in making the Cobia Cookoff and Awards Reception an incredible celebration of sustainable seafood and culinary creativity!

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