Mississippi Seafood Cookoff is part of Seafood Festival

Ten of the top chefs from across the state will compete Thursday to be the champion of Mississippi seafood.

The seventh annual Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Café Climb at 1316 30th Ave., Gulfport. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The winning chef will represent Mississippi in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in August in New Orleans and at the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Ala., in November.

This year's chefs are: Ryan Bell, Hal & Mal's, Jackson; David Dickensauge, Corks and Cleaver, Gulfport; Alex Eaton, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Jackson; John Fitzgerald, Restaurant Tyler, Starkville; Stuart Gates, Vicki's on Walnut, Hattiesburg; Jesse Houston/Saltine Oyster Bar, Jackson; Andy Kimbrell, Bacchus on the Beach, Pass Christian; Hunter Pugh, Delta Meat Market, Cleveland; Danie Rodriguez, LUNCH, Biloxi, and Mike Roemhild, Table 100, Jackson

A shrimp boil, gourmet sides and desserts will be available and ticket prices include one cocktail and a craft beer tasting. A cash bar also will be available.

Tickets are $29 each or two for $50. They can be purchased at or by calling (601) 852-3463.