The first-ever Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held Monday evening at the railroad depot at Anchorage's international airport, brought top chefs from across the state together to compete for top honors in a contest judged by award-winning chefs.

Christopher Vane, a chef at Crush Wine Bistro in Anchorage, won the event.

Meantime, from Anchorage to New York City, upscale seafood markets and restaurants are getting ready to go wild to buy up and cook wild Copper River red and king salmon in a tasty rite of spring, according to this story from The Cordova Times.

The first 12-hour commercial fishing opener begins at 7 a.m. Thursday.

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