Looking for ideas. Each year some buddies and myself cook at a local church fundraiser cookoff with 9 categories. Over the years we've won our fair shre of first place trophies there in almost all categories except pork ribs and the open category.Categories being
Fajitas, cabrito, chili, cowboy bread (Pan de Campo), carne guisada, beef ribs, pork ribs, charro beans, open?.
Open means anything you think will wow the judges enough to win. Previously we've done 2nd and 3rd's with shrimp and seafood type dishes and each year it seems the the 1st place dish is always some sort of seafood, usually shrimp and ? I guess the judges are plenty full of grilled and qued food by the end of all the other categories that a seafood dish is a welcome refresher or something like that.
Been thinking of making something seafood but instead of just one dish would like to make a "meal" with a small appetizer, the main, and some sort of dessert in hopes of taking it up a notch above the other entries.
Alas I am not a seafood expert and by know means an experienced chef so I'm hoping someone here can help point me in the right direction.
Was also thing of some kind of exotic french ?? that may stand out better than seafood 9french seafood?) but just an idea.
Any ideas welcome.