European finale of the SEAFOODTOMORROW recipe contest

Between December 2018 and May 2019, aspiring chefs from Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Poland, France, and Sweden have been battling it out to create new seafood recipes using sustainable species, rather than commonly over-fished species. Supported by the EU-funded SEAFOODTOMORROW project, winners from the six national contests participated in the final competition, which took place on the 1st July at the culinary school - Ferrandi in Paris (FR).

Students and teachers from regional cooking schools were asked to create innovative dishes, using locally-sourced, sustainable seafood species, which cater specifically to dietary needs of pregnant women, older people, and children. On a population basis, these groups eat the least fish, but would benefit from the high-quality, easily digested protein and other nutrients (e.g. omega-3 in oily fish).

Entries were judged by a panel of representatives from the seafood and food industry and mass catering companies, as well as chefs and nutritionists. The winning recipes were judged on nutritional value, texture / functionality aspects, and industrial feasibility. Angelika Mantur-Vierendeel was a member of the jury, because of her nutritional expertise and previous experience with helping individuals eat more healthily, as well as her passion for cooking. Two dishes were chosen from each category, which will be adapted for production in restaurants, hotels, and canteens across Europe.

All the recipes taking part will be included in a SEAFOODTOMORROW recipe eBook to be made publicly available and, hopefully, available for tasting at the SEAFOODTOMORROW final event in 2020.

Pictures of the dishes:

Pictures of the contestants and the jury:

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