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Seafood Cooking Contest

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The Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest

Each year, amateur chefs compete in the annual Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest. The event attracts visitors and contestants from all over the world, as well as print and broadcast media channels.

Amateur chefs age 18 and older compete for $525 in prize money during this popular event. A panel of judges select the winner based on creativity, suitability of the seafood to the recipe, and simplicity. The recipes can be any dish and must contain seafood found in Maine waters.

The contest begins at 9 a.m., Friday, Aug 4, 2017 in the North Entertainment Tent on the festival grounds. Judging begins at 11:30 a.m., with prizes announced and awarded around 12:30 p.m. First prize is $200, second prize is $175, and third prize is $150.

The contest audience will have the opportunity to sample the prepared recipes in the cooking area and pick up the contestants’ recipes after the awards are presented.

For additional contest details, contact Celia Knight by e-mail at or call 207-542-1192.

Cooking Contest Form

Cooking Contest Information

Applications are due July 15.

2016 Winning Recipes

In 2016, 1st place winner Sue Jobes with seafood crepes, 2nd place Adam Marcus with brown butter lobster rolls, 3rd place Jim Stone with seafood pie, finalist Maynard Jr Stanley with lobster empanada, and Finalist Faye Harvey with Lobster caviar tartlets

See the recipe by clicking the link below.

2016 Winning Recipe: Seafood Crepe

Seafood Crepes

Photo courtesy of Tim Sullivan Photography