Inaugural Georgia Seafood Festival Announces Celebrity Chef and Judge Lineup

Held at The Battery Atlanta, the Georgia Seafood Festival will feature cuisine from Georgia’s Coastal seafood scene, live entertainment and educational exhibitions.

ATLANTA – The Fresh District announced today the celebrity chef lineup and judge panel for the inaugural Georgia Seafood Festival.  The Georgia Seafood Festival will take over The Battery Atlanta, 800 Battery Ave SE, on November 9, 2019 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and aims to celebrate Georgia’s booming commercial seafood industry.  Festival attendees will enjoy cooking demonstrations, drink eclectic seafaring cocktails, and immerse themselves in interactive educational experiences from the Georgia Aquarium, UGA Marine Extension, and Georgia Grown.  A variety of fresh, sustainability-sourced seafood, with a focus on Wild Georgia Shrimp, will be available for sampling, along with some of Georgia’s most well-known vendors.

Culinary stars from across Georgia will display live cooking demonstrations for attendees. Our chef lineup includes:

  • Chef Pano Karatassos, executive Chef of Atlanta’s acclaimed Kyma restaurant and Corporate Executive Chef of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group;
  • Chef Fred Flu, owner of The Fluniversity and featured on Food Network’s Cooks vs. Cons;
  • Chef Guy Mitchell, former guest Chef for the White House Chef, former Executive Chef for the Philadelphia Eagles, and creator of The White House Chef Tour;
  • And Chef Chantel Mines, Executive Chef at The Lost Druid Brewery and 2nd place winner of the Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition.

Additionally, the following Chefs will compete for a coveted slot in the 2020 World Food Championships in Dallas, Texas:

  • Chef Lisa Washington, Good Day Atlanta contributor and Healthy Living Contributor for 104.7 The Fish;
  • Chef Scottie Johnson; personal Chef and owner of Blessed and Highly Favored Cuisine;
  • Chef Marshall Rodgers; Corporate Executive Chef for Goldbergs Corporation and former Executive Chef for Sweet Auburn BBQ;
  • And Chef Joseph Martin, owner of ANGELFIRE7 BBQ and winner of several grilling and smoking awards.

Celebrities and personalities including Brian Jordan, former outfielder for the Atlanta Braves and former safety for the Atlanta Falcons, Mike Cloud, President and CEO of the World Food Championships, Brady Lowe, creator of PeachFest and founder of Taste Network, Cochon555, and Piggy Bank, Linda Carmichael, Founding CEO of FoodTheFire, President Emerita of the Atlanta Food & Lifestyle Bloggers’ Society, and Editor-in-Chief of Do.Food.Better,  Delano Massey, CEO and Founder of JacobsEye Marketing Agency, Chef Pano Karatassos and Chef Guy Mitchell will serve as judges send one lucky Atlanta Chef to the 2020 World Food Championships.

Chef Jernard Wells, host of  New Soul Kitchen on CLEO-TV, will host the Compete Wells
Cooking Competition – the first qualifying event for the 2020 World Cooking Championships.  The winner of the competition will receive a coveted ‘Golden Ticket’, guaranteeing them a spot to compete in next year’s Championships and a chance to win the grand prize of $100,000.  Chefs will compete head-to-head in a timed cooking challenge featuring Georgia seafood and local ingredients. Each chef will prepare a judge’s plate scored on execution, appearance and taste and be given one secret ingredient that must be featured in their dish.

“The Fresh District is excited to announce the participation of some of Atlanta’s most talented chefs and celebrity judges for the inaugural Georgia Seafood Festival,” said Delano Massey, festival founder and CEO of the Fresh District.  “This festival will give attendees a unique culinary experience that will transport them to Georgia’s coast as they sample some of the freshest seafood our state has to offer.”

The Georgia Seafood Festival is brought to you by the Fresh District and The Battery Atlanta. The Fresh District is a fresh-food movement which promotes fresh, local and sustainable food systems in urban environments and raises up generations of smart, innovative participants in the industry.

General admission to the festival is sold out, however, attendees can purchase tickets that offer a variety of sampling options.  For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit

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The Georgia Seafood Festival is the brain-child of founder Delano Massey and an extension of the Fresh District movement. Poised to become Atlanta’s next top food festival, this one-day event features over 40 local vendors offering a wide variety of fresh Georgia seafood, cooking demonstrations from Atlanta’s top chefs and immersive educational experiences. The festival also serves as one of the first qualifying events for the 2020 World Food Championships. Four Georgia chefs compete in an all-out throw down for the chance to win the “Golden Ticket” worth $100,000. The festival aims to bring Georgia’s booming commercial seafood industry to the forefront of consumer awareness and start a discussion on sustainability for our coastal habits all while enjoying fresh Georgia seafood!

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The Fresh District is a fresh food movement, poised to become a beacon of growth and innovation in the heart of metropolitan Atlanta. The Fresh District is a community that spreads knowledge of agriculture, food technology, nutrition and the importance of Georgia-grown agriculture so that generations of smart, innovative participants in the agricultural industry may rise and grow. Using live events, social media and web-based initiatives, The Fresh District will become the go-to source in Georgia for fresh news and entertainment, fresh ideas, fresh menu ideas, and blueprint for a fresh lifestyle.

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