Shrimp Cook-Off Brings Two Named Chefs to Hatteras Island
For Day At The Docks Throwdown Challenge
and Grits is the recipe for this year’s Seafood Throwdown, one of the
headlining events at the 2017 Day at the Docks, a celebration of
Hatteras Island watermen. New for 2017, the mystery seafood is named in
advance – fresh, local, just landed, NC shrimp and North Carolina
chefs, food writers and food gurus will be on hand to judge the plates
of the shrimp dishes prepared by two visiting celebrity chefs.
Chef Tom Armstrong of Vinnie’s Steakhouse in Raleigh and Chef Jay Pierce, author of the cook book Shrimp,
and Executive Chef at Traveled Farmer in Greensboro will be the
visiting guest chefs. Both are bringing their appreciation of locally
caught seafood to Hatteras for this light hearted competition that is
educational, fun and delicious. Armstrong was a judge for last
year’s competition, won by Scott Surratt, Executive Chef at Café
Pamlico. New this year, the chefs are making enough samples for
the audience to taste.
Shrimp and Grits Throwdown begins at 2 pm under the big tent at the
center of Day At The Docks activity. Those in the audience can
watch two North Carolina inland chefs cook up fresh shrimp with
stone-ground grits, live, under the tent, battling heat, wind and
occasionally rain. Celebrity food judges decide who makes the tastiest
offering and will award the winning plate. This year celebrity
judges are: Eduardo Chavez, 2015 winner of the Seafood Throwdown
and owner of Eduardo’s Taco Truck in Ocracoke; Chef Ricky Moore, owner
of Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham; Elizabeth Wiegand, author of the
Outer Banks Cook Book; Justise Robbins of Chef and the Farmer; and
Margo Knight Metzger of Our State Magazine. So each of the judges
know good food and fresh shrimp which should make for a fun event with
bragging rights going to either Armstrong in Raleigh or Pierce in
Seafood Challenge is sponsored by Outer Banks Catch, NC Watermen
Foundation NC Sea Grant, The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, NC Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Outer Banks SeaSalt, and
Jeffrey’s Seafood. Emcees for the event are Amy Gaw and Bob Burrus, who
have shared these duties since the start of the competition.
by Hatteras Island Civic Association, Day at the Docks is held each
fall in front of the marinas in Hatteras Village. A great way to
experience snapshots of the the lives of commercial fishermen and their
families, the festival is perfect for families who love to learn while
they play. Also a dream weekend for fans of eating fresh seafood,
glimpsing history and good community, this year, the free, two-day
event will be held on September 15 and 16.
once one-day event began as a way to celebrate the "Spirit of Hatteras"
when the village recovered from Hurricane Isabel in 2003 as an intact
community, anchored by the commercial and charter fishermen. The
now annual event is a confirmation of the strength of community,
heritage and living traditions of the waterman. The celebration
features seafood cooking demos, fishing boats and gear, fishing
industry skills contests and competitions, live music and ‘life on the
water’ games for children.