Celebrity Chefs

3rd Annual Cook-Off Competition

Join us for free lionfish tastings at the Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day festival! Lionfish have a white, flaky meat that has been compared to snapper or hogfish. It has become a delicacy in certain parts of the U.S. and the Caribbean. And though lionfish have venomous spines, there is no venom in the meat of the fish. Celebrity chefs from the Pensacola area will prepare creative recipes for lionfish, with free samples for the public.

In the meantime…stop by any of the Florida Whole Foods or your local seafood markets to purchase whole or filleted lionfish and cook them at home!

May 20-21, 2017

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Plaza de Luna Park
900 S Palafox Street
Pensacola, FL 32502

Meet the Celebrity Chefs and Divers

Local divers and lionfish hunters have sponsored each of the chefs by providing fresh lionfish for the cook-off competition

Chef Irv Millier from Jackson's Steakhouse

Lionfish provided by Diver Andy Ross from Niuhi Dive Charters. Visit Jackson's Steakhouse.

Chef Chris Kelly from Driftwood Bar and Grille

Lionfish provided by Diver Gary Emerson from Gary’s Gulf Divers. Visit Driftwood Bar and Grille.

Chef Wayan Sumadi from Sake Cafe

Lionfish provided by Diver Kerry Freeland from Dive Pros. Visit Sake Cafe.

Chef Chris Sherrill from Flora-Bama Yacht Club

Lionfish provided by Diver Forrest Phillips from Southern Skin Divers Supply. Visit Flora-Bama Yacht Club

Chef Dan Dunn from H2O Cajun Asian Grill

Lionfish provided by Diver Travis Griggs from StrikeLine Custom Fishing Charts. Visit H2O Cajun Asian Grill

Chef Joe Abston from Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom

Lionfish provided by Divers from Deepwater Mafia. Visit Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom

Chef Daniel Watts from Classic City Catering

Lionfish provided by Divers from Deepwater Mafia. Visit Classic City Catering