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Photos: Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off

Guests enjoy a train ride to Indian, along Turnagain Arm, before the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off on May 14, 2012.
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Guests enjoy a train ride to Indian, along Turnagain Arm, before the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off on May 14, 2012.
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Guests enjoy appetizers before the start of the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012.
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Chef Mary Helms of Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson readys her timer during the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012. Contestants had one hour to prepare their dishes.
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The timekeeper signals the start of a contestant's hour with an air horn during the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012.
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Guests cheer on their favorite team during the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012.
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Chef Christopher Vane of Crush Wine Bistro prepares his dish during the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012. Vane went on to win the event.
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Chef Kevin Lane of the Alaska Culinary Academy in Seward, and his assistant plate their dish during the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012. Lane placed second in the event.
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Chef Kevin Lane of the Alaska Culinary Academy in Seward plates his dish during the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012. Lane placed second in the event.
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Former Alaska Governor Bill Sheffield, center, at the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012. With him is Van Hale, left, owner of the highly regarded Marx Brothers Cafe in Anchorage.
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A runner brings chef Kevin Lane's creation to the judges during the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012.
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Chef Kevin Lane of the Alaska Culinary Academy in Seward pitches his creation to Alaskan Chef Rob Kinneen, left, and Christine Keff of Seattle's Flying Fish, during the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012.
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Judges taste the entries in the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012.
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Judges discuss the entries in the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012. Chef Christopher Vane of Crush Wine Bistro in Anchorage went on to win the event.
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Chef Christopher Vane of Crush Wine Bistro in Anchorage receives a first place crown from Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell for winning the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012.
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Chef Kevin Lane's entry in the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012. He won second place.
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Chef Mary Helms' entry in the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012.
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Chef Kristi Skaflestad's entry in the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012. Skaflestad placed third in the event.
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Chef Aaron Apling-Gilman's entry in the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012.
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Chef Gil Turturici's entry in the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012.
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Chef Christopher Vane's winning entry in the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot on May 14, 2012.
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Guests depart the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off in style, aboard the Alaska Railroad, after the event on May 14, 2012.
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Steve Agee enjoys the sunset as the train takes him back to the Alaska Railroad Depot after the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off on May 14, 2012. His son Chase Agee assisted chef Christopher Vane for top honors at the event.
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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.

READ MORE: Alaska's prized Copper River salmon are on their way