LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today announced that Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser has invited him to select an executive-level chef to represent Arkansas in the 14th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off on August 5, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Regarding the cook-off, Griffin issued the following statement:
"Last year, Arkansas chefs showcased their culinary talent at this event and proved they were among the best in the country. Arkansans already know we have great food, but this event helps promote tourism and showcase Arkansas's culinary excellence for the rest of the nation."
The 14th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off is hosted by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and the Louisiana Restaurant Association, and it will feature top executive-level chefs from across the country. A panel of nationally recognized chefs and media members will judge the cook-off and declare the winner "King or Queen of American Seafood 2017."
Last year, Lieutenant Governor Griffin selected head chef John Munday and sous chef Marshall Smith of Samantha's Tap Room and Wood Grill in Little Rock to represent the state. The Arkansas chefs won 2nd place at the event while competing against chefs from as far away as Alaska and Massachusetts.
If you have questions or would like to suggest a chef, please contact us at (501) 682-2144 by close of business on Friday, June 2, 2017.
About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin
Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 20 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Griffin is currently pursuing a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.