Premium wild caught Alaskan cod by Alaskan Leader Seafoods LLC took top honors at the 2018 Alaska Symphony of Seafoods competition, the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) reported.
AFDF announced during its gala in Juneau, Alaska on February 27 that both first prize in the Retail division and the grand prize winner was awarded to the Seattle processor for its six-ounce, 170 calorie cod fillets in a marinade. The fillets are sold in family size packs featuring six individually marinated portions.
The first-place winners from each category and the grand prize winner will receive booth space at the Seafood Expo North American coming up March 11-13 in Boston, Mass., as well as round trip airfare from Symphony sponsor Alaska Air Cargo.
The Seattle People’s Choice award winner was Jack Link’s Salmon Jerky by Link Snacks, and Kelp Salsa-Campfire, by Barnacle took the Juneau People’s Choice winner title. The salmon links, made from wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, are the results of a team effort from Jack Link’s and Trident Seafoods, and are sold by the bags. Kelp Salsa, composed of 40 percent sustainably harvested wild bull kelp, is used in traditional salsa applications, and can be used as a base for Bloody Marys.
Trident Seafoods Wild Alaskan Skillet Cuts placed second and Barnacle’s Kelp Salsa-Campfire third in the Retail competition. Trident’s skillet cuts are whole fillet cuts of wild Alaska Pollock suggested for use in tacos, pasta and stir-fry.
Trident also took top honors in the Foodservice division with a Hot and Spicy Wild Alaskan Pollock Fish Sandwich. Saltwood Smokehouse LLC placed second with a Smoked Black Cod Dip and Orca Bay Foods LLC was third with Alaska Sockeye Salmon Bites.
Alaskan Leader Seafoods placed first in the Beyond the Plate competition with its Cod Crunchies Pet Treats.
Trident’s Wild Alaska Pollock Roe-Barako Style was awarded top honors in the Beyond the Egg competition. Trident produced the product in Alaska from fresh, never frozen wild Alaska Pollock roe. “Barako” is a new style of out of the skin Pollock roe that is easier for chefs and consumer to use in a variety of recipe applications.