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Wild American Shrimp® and the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA), representing the wild-caught Gulf and South Atlantic shrimp industry, are calling for nominations for the 2022 Chef of the Year Awards. This year, the annual Chef of the Year Awards program is expanding to recognize not just one but three individuals who reflect various tiers of culinary advocacy while all sharing a common trait: a love for wild-caught American shrimp. These awards are an opportunity for advocates to be recognized while also allowing them to give back to the communities who supported them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chefs can be either self-nominated or nominated by their peers, publicists, or favorite customers and fans. To nominate a chef to be considered for an award, please visit www.americanshrimp.com and fill out a nomination form. The winners will be announced on the Wild American Shrimp® website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages on Friday, October 28 to mark the end of this year’s National Seafood Month. The winners will reign for one year and will receive prizes, including a custom-designed etched glass award plate, an official proclamation, and $500 given to a charity of the winner’s choosing.
The three award categories are Professional Chef, Influencer Chef, and Hometown Chef. To be considered and recognized as a Chef of the Year, nominees must meet the following criteria for each category.
All nominations must provide two shrimp recipes or dishes the nominee is known for which include wild-caught American shrimp (photos submissions to accompany said dishes are preferred). Applications for nominations will be reviewed and scored by an ASPA board member an ASPA member/shrimp processor, and a member of the Wild American Shrimp® marketing team. Out of the qualified finalists, the group will choose the winners who will be featured in press releases, blog posts, online features, social media, and more.