|Chef Jim Smith and Assistant Heather Hannah|
Compass Media CEO J Gary Ellis was in New Orleans yesterday for seafood promotion planning meetings and had the opportunity to attend the Great American Seafood Cook-Off where he got to see Alabama Chef Jim Smith win the national competition!
Chef Smith, who is currently executive chef for the Alabama Governor’s Mansion, edged out top chefs from around the U.S. to become “King of American Seafood.”
"It was really great to see an Alabama Chef win," Ellis said. "We at Compass Media congratulate Chef Smith on this achievement. It makes us all proud to be fellow Alabamians and a part of Gulf seafood promotion."
The dish Chef Smith prepared included a variety of late summer Alabama bounty: sous vide shrimp and marinated blue crab with garam masala scented yellow squash purée, farmers market lady peas, and bacon-peach relish with spinach basil oil.
A graduate of Johnson and Whales, prior to his current assignment as governor Robert Bentley's Executive Chef, Chef Smith worked at Dyron's Low Country, Hot and Hot, and Bottega, all Birmingham-based restaurants.