There is a new King of American Seafood and he hails from the 49th State.

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB) crowned Chef Lionel Uddipa the the King of American Seafood at the 14th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off held in New Orleans over the weekend.

Uddipa competed against 12 of the Nation’s best chefs and his winning dish was sea asparagus risotto with Alaskan king crab.

Each chef prepared their dish in front of a live audience, celebrity hosts and “chef refs.” The final products were scored based on presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship and flavor.

“This year’s competition was one of the toughest yet, and I want to congratulate all of today’s competitors for presenting exceptional dishes, and to Chef Uddipa for truly showcasing why domestic seafood is one of the most flavorful and healthy ways to enjoy a meal,” said Nungesser.

Representing Massachusetts, Chef Kyle McClelland was the runner up with his dish of modern New England Clambake with Gloucester Lobster and corn puree. Right behind him was New Mexico Chef Marc Quinones, with his spiced duck fat fried oysters with Hatch green chile and chorizo BBQ spread.

To view highlights of the competition or view recipes of the dishes, click here.