Alaska Leader Seafoods’ meal kit of wild Alaska cod in tempura batter with Panko breading and a side of fries has won the Seattle People’s Choice award in the 2020 Alaska Symphony of Seafood competition.
The kit includes a pound of pre-cut wild Alaska cod, and a pound and a half of Idaho potato fries, plus packets of tempura batter mix and buttery breading, and easy to follow cooking instructions.
Barnacle Foods of Juneau, Alaska, took first place in retail with its Bullwhip Kelp Salsa. High Liner Foods of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, was first in food service with its Pollock powered Alaska Wild Wings-Southern Style, and WILD By Nature, Sitka, Alaska, bested the competition in the Beyond the Plate category with its silver plated, resin coated Alaskan Fin Fish Earrings.
The awards were announced during the Symphony’s Seattle Open House presented in collaboration with the Northwest Fisheries Association at Dockside at Duke’s on Nov. 20.
A complete list of first, second and third place winners will be presented during the legislative reception in Juneau, Alaska on Feb. 24 co-hosted by United Fishermen of Alaska.
The annual competition is hosted by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, with each entry judged on its product packaging and presentation, overall eating experience, price and potential for commercial success.
First place winners in each category and the grand prize winner receive booth space at the Seafood Expo North America in March, plus roundtrip airfare from Symphony sponsor Alaska Air Cargo, and entry into the Seafood Expo’s new products contest.
Major sponsors for this year competition include: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Bristol Bay Regional Development Association, Northwest Fisheries Association, Alaska Air Cargo, At-Sea Processors Association, Lineage Logistics, Marine Stewardship Council, Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Marel, Kwik’Pak Fisheries LLC, Trident Seafoods, Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers, UniSea, and United Fishermen of Alaska.