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Photos: Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off

Chef Brett Knipmeyer of Kinley's Restaurant in Anchorage waits for the signal before starting his cooking at the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off. The contest pits six chefs from across Alaska in a 1-hour competition judged by celebrity chefs. May 8, 2013
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Pieces of the puzzle, Chef Robert Lewis of Maxine's Fireweed Bistro in Anchorage. May 8, 2013
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Thompson & Co. President Jennifer Thompson sounds the horn, signaling the first contestant to begin. May 8, 2013
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Jeremy Owens, left, and Drew Johnson of Kincaid Grill in Anchorage prepare their salmon entry. May 8, 2013
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Chef Kristine Lewis of Maxine's Fireweed Bistro slices vegetables for her entry. May 8, 2013
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Brian Katzeek from Icy Strait Point in Hoonah fries salmon skin for his team's entry. May 8, 2013
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Drew Johnson and Jeremy Owens of the Kincaid Grill in Anchorage plate their entries. May 8, 2013
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A server delivers Kinley's Restaurant's scallop entry to the judges. May 8, 2013
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Chef Drew Johnson from Anchorage's Kincaid Grill offers his comments to the judges as they try his salmon dish. May 8, 2013
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Judge Brian Malarkey, a former Top Chef contestant, listens as chef Drew Johnson of the Kincaid Grill explains his dish. May 8, 2013
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From left, judges Jason Wilson from Seattle's Crush, Naomi Everett from the University of Alaska Anchorage's culinary school, and former Top Chef contestant Brain Malarkey ham it up for the TV camera as they enjoy chef Mandy Dixon's entry. Dixon is opening a new restaurant this summer in Homer called La Baleine Café. May 8, 2013
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Supporters of Hoonah's Icy Strait Point restaurant cheer on their team during the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held at the Bill Sheffield Railroad Depot. May 8, 2013
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Chef Kevin Lane and assistant chef Katherine LeMaster, from Chinooks Waterfront in Seward, took top honors in the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off. May 8, 2013
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Suzanna Caldwell

Six Alaska chefs battled for a bragging right that is no laughing matter in the 49th state -- who can cook the best seafood. The winner of the second annual Great Alaska Seafood Cook-Off, hosted by Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, will travel to New Orleans in August to represent the Last Frontier against fruits de mer heavyweights from around the US at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off.

The contestants? From Anchorage, Brett Knipmeyer of Kinley's Restaurant and Bar, Drew Johnson of Kincaid Grill, and Robert Lewis of Maxine's Fireweed Bistro; Stuart Campbell of Icy Strait Point in Hoonah; Kevin Lane from Chinooks Waterfront in Seward; and Mandy Dixon of Homer's La Baleine Cafe.

Read more: Who won the seafood showdown?