2007-07-26 / About Town

Gaudreau to compete in national cookoff

Kevin Gaudreau Kevin Gaudreau Kevin Gaudreau, a Jamestown native, will represent Rhode Island at the fourth-annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans.

Gaudreau is among 19 chefs from across the nation who will vie for the title of King or Queen of American Seafood at the competition at the Louisiana Foodservice Expo in New Orleans.

For the first time, a portion of the competition will be open to the public and the full competition will consist of two days of cooking. On Saturday, Aug. 4, all participating chefs will be invited to create elaborate dishes using domestic seafood. The public is invited to the second day of cooking on Sunday, Aug. 5, which will result in the crowning of the winner of this year's competition. Most chefs will prepare dishes that feature seafood native to their state. A panel of judges will name the top finishers from Saturday who will go on to compete on Sunday.

With kitchen know-how acquired at some of the most popular restaurants in the country, including the White Horse Tavern in Newport, and Blue Water Grill, Ruby Foo's, and Atlantic Grill in New York City, Gaudreau launched a series of successful food ventures. As a co-owner of Café Solutions, a hospitality consulting company, he opened and operated several beloved Rhode Island restaurants, including Café Zelda in Newport. Before taking on his current position, Gaudreau was owner and chef of the Riverwalk Cafe in Providence, where he gained notoriety for his fresh takes on seafood. As executive chef at Trattoria Simpatico from 2002 to 2006, Gaudreau won raves for his regional American cuisine. He is currently chef at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Providence.

"Having grown up in a coastal state such as Rhode Island," said Ewell Smith, executive producer of the Cook-Off and executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board. "Chef Gaudreau is as passionate about the use of domestic seafood and sustainable fisheries as he is about preparing his seafood dishes."

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