Crab cake judge

To become a judge at Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-off, take an online quiz

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4:25 p.m., July 16, 2014--For many visitors to the Mid-Atlantic coast, eating crab cakes is a must-do. But who makes the best crab cakes in Delaware? Delaware Sea Grant wants blue crab aficionados to help judge final entries in the 25th annual Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-off.

The top high-scoring individuals who answer a 20-question quiz about blue crabs and contest’s history will help judge. The quiz, available online, can be completed until Aug. 18. 

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“Crab cakes are such a quintessential Delaware food,” said Doris Hicks, seafood specialist with Delaware Sea Grant and coordinator the Crab Cake Cook-off. “Our cook-off judges get to try the very best of the best in Delaware.”

Until 2012, the only way to judge the cook-off was to win the year before. Now last year’s winner and top quiz scorers can judge, giving cook-off fans another way to get involved and evaluate some of the best crab cakes in the area.

Last year’s winner will join the team of judges to sample all eight of the entries on Coast Day to be held on Sunday, Oct. 5, at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. Judges base their decision on taste, texture, originality and predominance of crabmeat.

Finalists in the crab cake cook-off will compete for cash prizes, a plaque and the opportunity to return next year as a judge in the competition. While each finalist will receive two pounds of jumbo lump crabmeat to use the day of the competition, specific ingredients and cooking utensils are the contestants’ responsibility. 

Individual crab cake recipes must be submitted by Aug. 8. Visit the Coast Day contests page for details and the entry form. 

Sponsored by Delaware Sea Grant and the University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, Coast Day is an annual educational festival and showcase for Delaware’s rich ocean and environmental resources.

About the Delaware Sea Grant College Program

The University of Delaware was designated as the nation’s ninth Sea Grant College in 1976 to promote the wise use, conservation and management of marine and coastal resources through high-quality research, education and outreach activities that benefit the public and the environment. 

UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment administers the program, which conducts research in priority areas ranging from coastal hazards to seafood safety.

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