Governor and First Lady Host Official Tasting Event in Preparation for Seafood Cook-Off Florida Mansion Chef Cooks up Masterpiece for National Competition

7/29/2011 Tallahassee, Fla –This afternoon, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott will taste test culinary creativity at its best as John Minas, Executive Chef at the Florida Mansion, serves up his latest creation.

The Scotts selected Minas and his sous chef, Carin Butler, to represent Florida in the 2011 Great American Seafood Cook-Off against top chefs from 13 other states. The chefs will fire up their pans for the completion on August 6th.

“John is a talented chef and cooks up some of the best food I’ve ever tasted,” said Governor Scott. “He’s going to give those other chefs a run for their money.”

Similar to the cook-off on Aug. 6, Chef Minas and his sous chef will have one hour to prepare a dish that will dazzle the 6 judges, a member of the public and press. In the taste testing event, the judges will be Governor Scott, the First Lady, four mansion staff members and a representative from the press. Just like in the cook-off, Minas must use seafood products from the state he represents and will be judged on taste, execution of skills and presentation.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity to compete and showcase Florida’s amazing seafood and variety of fruits, vegetables and cultural influences,” said Minas. “We really want to win this.”

For more information about the 2011 Great American Seafood Cook-Off, you may visit this website:

Pooled coverage for the taste testing event will be available to media outlets statewide after 3PM on Aug. 5. Video will be provided by a Florida Channel photographer, and a written report will be provided by Rosanne Dunkelberger, Editor of Tallahassee Magazine. The b-roll footage and written report will be embargoed until August 6, the day of the competition, to prevent any of Minas’ competitors from gaining an upper hand. A follow-up advisory will be sent at that time.

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For Pooled Written Report: Rosanne Dunkelberger – Tallahassee Magazine 850-878-0554



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