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Mississippi Seafood Cook-off
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This premier cooking competition was created by Mississippi Seafood Marketing to promote the domestic, fresh, sustainable seafood industry located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The state’s most talented chefs compete for the title of king or queen of Mississippi Seafood, as they prepare their signatures dishes in front of a live audience. Then, a panel of judges score each chef. Chefs will be judged on characteristics such as presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship and flavor.

The winner of our state cook-off will represent Mississippi in August at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans, Louisiana.,as they compete against chefs throughout the country for the national seafood crown.


Mississippi Seafood Marketing has partnered with the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce’s annual tasting event, Taste, Rattle & Roll. Together, we will host the 13th Annual Mississippi Seafood Cook-off. You’ll have the opportunity to view Mississippi’s top chefs compete for the seafood crown and sample local food from more than 25 of Gulfport’s best restaurants. Enjoy an evening outdoors, set around the dancing fountains of Centennial Plaza.

Thursday, May 2, 2024   |   5 – 8 p.m.

Centennial Plaza

200 Beach Boulevard  |   Gulfport, MS

Must be 21 or older to attend.

Chef Calvin Lipe

2023 KING OF Mississippi Seafood
CHEF Calvin Lipe, Dockside Deli at Island View Casino, Gulfport, Mississippi

Chef Calvin Lipe grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and has over 27 years in the food and beverage industry. Lipe trained in the kitchens of several coast restaurants including Mary Mahoney’s old French House and Emeril’s Gulf Coast Fish House. His chef level experience comes from Cobalt in Orange Beach, Alabama and The Great Southern Club in Gulfport. For several years Chef Lipe had a catering service and his own restaurant, Flare Bar and Grill in Gulfport. For the last six years he has been at Island View Casino Resort, where he started as a banquet sous chef and quickly rose to room chef at Dockside Deli.

Chef Lipe has won over two dozen medals over the years at various cooking competitions for fruit and vegetable carvings, ice sculptures and cuisine. For the last four years Chef Calvin has competed in the World Food Championships, two years as Chef David Crabtree’s sous chef and two years as head chef in his category. This year chef placed fourth in the vegetarian category with a final score of 98.2 And most recently took first place in the signature dish and People’s Choice at the Biloxi Shrimp Festival and third place at the inaugural Gumbo Fest in Gulfport.