NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and the Louisiana Office of Tourism welcomed Massachusetts' Chef Kyle McClelland from Saltie Girl in Boston, along with numerous chefs from across the country, to the nation's ultimate seafood cooking competition. The 2017 Great American Seafood Cook-Off was held at the Ernest Morial Convention Center Aug. 5, 2017, at 11:30 in front of a live audience and panel of nationally-acclaimed judges.
Chef Kyle McClelland won second place for his dish, "Modern New England Clambake" featuring butter-poached Gloucester, MA lobster, linguica, native corn, heirloom tomatoes, potatoes in a uni lobster sauce.
"It's an honor for us the bring this trophy back to our restaurant Saltie Girl, Boston, MA and the entire state of Massachusetts. There were a lot of talented chefs and I couldn't have done it without my team including Chef David Daniels and the original 'saltie girl' herself Kathy Sidell our owner," said Chef Kyle McClelland, Executive Chef of Saltie Girl.
During the competition, each chef prepared dishes that highlighted the use of domestic seafood while interacting with a live audience, celebrity hosts and the "chef ref." Each dish presented to a panel of nationally known judges, was scored based on presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship and flavor. In its 14th year, the 2017 Great American Seafood Cook-Off continues to promote the quality and variety of domestic seafood.
Saltie Girl in Boston, MA will add the 2017 Great American Seafood Cook-Off to their growing collection of accolades and Best of Boston awards.
About MET Group
MET Group, founded by Kathy Sidell in 2004, is comprised of MET Bar & Grill in Dedham and Natick, MET Back Bay, Met on Main on Nantucket, MET Bethesda and Saltie Girl in Boston's Back Bay.
The MET Bar & Grills, featuring the famous MET Burger Bar, has locations at the Natick Mall and Legacy Place in Dedham. These fun restaurants serve American fare with a touch of sophistication. For more information, visit www.metbarandgrill.com.
MET Back Bay occupies an historic brick townhouse on the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth Street and offers the best of Boston cooking, with a complete and varied dining experience. If you're in the mood for a quick, casual bite at the bar or a long, festive and elegant dinner for family and friends or an intimate midnight snack in a romantic corner, you'll find the perfect spot at MET Back Bay. For more information, visit www.metbackbay.com.
Met on Main is an Island Café located in the heart of Nantucket serving up American fare with an Island flare. For more information, visit www.metonmain.com
Met Bethesda a Metropolitan Kitchen and bar which offers inspired American fare cooked over an open wood fired grill. Inspired by Sidell's extensive travel, upbringing and lifelong passion with food, cooking and hospitality, the concept is earthy yet sophisticated. For more information visit: www.metbethesdamd.com.
Sidell's latest endeavor, Saltie Girl, is an intimate 28 seat seafood bar nestled next to MET Back Bay. Saltie Girl focuses on globally sustainable iterations of fresh fish & seafood be it fried, sautéed, raw, house-potted, smoked or tinned. For more information visit: www.saltiegirl.com.
Kathy Sidell debuted her first book, "WHEN I MET FOOD, Living the American Restaurant Dream," in 2012 and has been featured on the Food Network, The CBS Morning Show and numerous other broadcast segments. For more information on Kathy Sidell visit www.kathysidell.com.
Chef Kyle McClelland:
A New England native, McClelland was born in Dover, New Hampshire and raised in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, which is where he developed his love of seafood and passion for all things culinary. McClelland attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City where he earned his Grand Diploma. In 2016, Chef McClelland teamed-up with restauranteur Kathy Sidell to open Saltie Girl. His impressive accomplishments in his 19-year culinary career are a result of his unyielding passion, precise technique and innovative palate. He has appeared on the Food Network's "Chopped" and cooked at the James Beard house. When he is not in the kitchen, McClelland enjoys listening to live music, trying new restaurants, and spending time with his friends and family.
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SOURCE Saltie Girl