The more I settle in and get to know the Alaska food scene, the happier I am to discover the dedication of local food lovers, writers, and organizations here. This year for Food Day -- a nationwide event that helps promote healthy, affordable, and sustainably-produced food -- Anchorage was right in the hub of it all with a Sustainable Seafood Cook-Off, which also benefited the Downtown Soup Kitchen.

The cook-off was reminiscent of popular Food Network challenges. Four duos battled it out in one hour to produce the best seafood dish for five local judges The Catch: The contestants only know what the main ingredient is just before the clock starts ticking. If you're a Food TV geek, think Iron Chef meets Chopped.

Cook the winner: Alaska spot prawns with fennel, orange, olive and bacon