Seafood Throwdown 2015: 2 Local Chefs, 1 Local Fish

Chefs from two popular Outer Banks restaurants will display their seafood cooking skills at the 4th annual Day at the Docks Seafood Throwdown at 12 noon on Saturday, buy more about September 19, order 2015.


Guests will see Taylor Rawl from The Mad Crabber Restaurant in Avon and Eduardo Chavez from Eduardo’s Taco Stand in Ocracoke prepare dishes using a local seafood ingredient that will be revealed only when the event gets underway.   The chefs will have one hour to create dishes that will be scored on taste, use of the whole fish, originality and presentation.


Rawl says the tremendous variety of available local seafood drew her to Hatteras Island after studying culinary arts in Connecticut and gaining experience cooking in different towns along the East Coast.  Her creativity in the kitchen is driven by an appreciation for working with local ingredients whether she is preparing simple or extravagant dishes.   To learn more about Rawl’s work, visit .


Chavez describes his love of good food prepared creatively with locally sourced seafood and organic produce as a “beautiful gratitude.”  He credits his mother for his deep appreciation of the authentic, regional cuisine of Mexico and his love of working with a variety of flavors and aromas for the passion and innovation he brings to the dishes he creates.  Visit to learn more.


Jeffrey’s Seafood in Hatteras will supply the secret seafood ingredient and the Conetoe Family Life Center in Edgecombe County will supply produce.


seafood throwdown 2014Throwdown judges in 2015 are Richard Joyner, Ryan Speckman, and Jack Thigpen.


A native of Pitt County, Reverend Richard Joyner is passionate about sharing the health benefits of fresh food, local produce, and healthy cooking habits with folks throughout Eastern North Carolina. As the founder of the Conetoe Family Life Center, he oversees five youth-led, youth-planned community garden spaces, including a 25-acre lot that features two greenhouses and a “bee bus,” that gives low-income and at-risk families access to free, fresh produce, honey, exercise, and educational opportunities. Surplus produce is sold at farmers’ markets throughout the region and at Day at the Docks.  Proceeds from all sales support higher education scholarships for local children.  To learn about Conetoe  connection to Hatteras, visit .


Ryan Speckman is co-owner of Locals Seafood, delivering fresh seafood from NC fishermen to farmers’ markets and restaurants in Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham.  He started Locals Seafood with friend Lin Peterson, a cooler of Stumpy Point shrimp, and a pick-up truck in 2010.  For information about Locals Seafood, visit .


Jack Thigpen is extension director for North Carolina’s Sea Grant Program.  He oversees Sea Grant’s extension and education specialists and activities. Before becoming extension director, Thigpen worked as a coastal recreation and tourism specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant, and earlier as an associate professor of rural sociology at Texas A&M University.  Visit for more information about NC Sea Grant.


Amy Huggins Gaw, Bob Barris, and Jeff Aiken will serve as throwdown emcees, providing play by play descriptions of the action on the Throwdown stage.


Gaw is owner and founder of Outer Banks SeaSalt and Outer Banks Epicurean and writes the Salt Shaker column for Coast magazine.  Barris is a real estate broker with Hatteras Realty who is also an accomplished seafood cook and who once worked as a commercial fisherman.  Seafood dealer Aiken owns Jeffrey’s Seafood where local seafood is unloaded from commercial fishing boats and prepared for transport to markets.


For more information about Day at the Docks, visit .


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One Response to Seafood Throwdown 2015: 2 Local Chefs, 1 Local Fish

  1. Wayne Mathis says:

    Count me in to help out as needed AGAIN this year.

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