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Island View Executive Chef David Crabtree and Amanda Irwin, Beach Blvd. Steamer room chef, stand with their second People’s Choice award from the Gulf Coast Oyster Festival and Cook-Off.
Island View Executive Chef David Crabtree and Amanda Irwin, Beach Blvd. Steamer room chef, stand with their second People’s Choice award from the Gulf Coast Oyster Festival and Cook-Off.

Eight chefs from Island View Casino will stir up a friendly competition as they pit their original recipes against one another in the casino’s first Gumbo Cookoff.

The competition will be 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Island View Casino Resort Show Room, 3300 W. Beach Blvd., Gulfport.

Island View Executive Chef David Crabtree said people attending the event will be the beneficiaries of a little friendly rivalry.

“We’re always trying to do something different with the players to have something new for them,” Crabtree said.

The competing chefs represent Island View’s Banquets Department and five of their dining venues. However, the gumbos they prepare will be their personal creations.

Deborah Thomas, assistant room chef at the Buffet will prepare her Cajun Voodoo Gumbo. Chef Amanda Irwin, room chef of the Beach Blvd. Steamer, will prepare Smoked Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. Chef Anthony Carter of the Carter Green Room will present Bayou Seafood Gumbo. Richard Coleman, Beach Grille room chef, will serve Oyster and Crab Gumbo. Trey Cowan, Banquet chef, will make a Fire-Roasted Vegetable Gumbo. Calvin Lipe, Banquet sous chef, will present Gumbo Ya Ya. The Diner Chef Charley Bowers will present his Seafood Gumbo. Eric Spencer, assistant executive sous chef, will make Duck and Quail Gumbo.

Crabtree said the chefs competing are a nice representation of the culinary talents associated with the Island View.

“We have 18 chefs on property and this is eight of them,” Crabtree said. “Eric Spencer has been in competition and won awards, and some of the other chefs have, too. It should be a really nice event and some really good gumbos. There are a lot of unique gumbos with some of the ingredients they use for their bases, such as Chef Cowan’s Duck Quail Gumbo and Chef Thomas’ Voodoo Gumbo, which uses chicken feet in the stock.”

While the competition is friendly, there will be a People’s Choice Award. Also, a panel of judges will choose first-, second- and third-place winners.

In addition to eight tasty gumbos, samples of Cajun Chicken Sausage Jambalaya, Red Creole Shrimp Jambalaya and mini-Natchitoches meat pies will be offered. There also will be fresh fruit, potato salad and Creole custard bread pudding.

Gumbo Cookoff

Where: Island View Casino Resort Show Room, 3300 W. Beach Blvd., Gulfport.

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday

Tickets: $25 available at the door

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