Alabama’s team from Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, from left: Kristen Carolton and chef Chris Hastings
Last year’s winner, James Smith of Alabama, crowns 2012 Cook-Off winner Gregory Gourdet of Departures Restaurant in Portland, Ore.
Sig Hansen, a star of television’s “Deadliest Catch,” helps chefs draw their positions during a party at Drago’s in Metairie, La., before the competition.
Hawaii’s team from Nicos Pier 38 Restaurant and Fish Market in Honolulu, from left: Greg Moad and chef Nico Chaize
The Kansas team, from left: Nick Estell, chef of the Final Cut Steakhouse Room, and James White, executive chef at the Hollywood Casino in Kansas City
Kentucky’s team from Varanese Restaurant in Louisville, from left: Hollis Barnett and chef Erik Abraham
The second-place winners from Louisiana, from left: Harlon H. Pearce Jr., chairman of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board; Cory Bahr, chef-owner of Cotton in Monroe, La.; chef Keith Frentz of Lola in Covington, La.; co-owner Nealy Crawford-Frentz; Alaska boat captain Sig Hansen of “Deadliest Catch”; and Ewell Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.
Maine’s team, from left: Clifford Pickett and chef Melissa Bouchard of Deimillo’s on the Water in Portland
Oregon’s team, from left: Sam Saltos and chef Gregory Gourdet of Departure Restaurant & Lounge in Portland, Ore.
Texas’ team took third place, from left: Jack Gilmore, chef of Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Austin, with Chris TenEyck
Tennessee’s entry was Matt Gallaher, executive chef at the governor’s mansion in Nashville.
Alaska’s team, from left: Christopher T. Vane, chef of Crush Wine Bistro and Cellar in Anchorage, and Chase Agee
Nation's Restaurant News Southwest Bureau Chief Ron Ruggless was a judge at the 2012 Great American Seafood Cook-Off, presented by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board.