For the second year, the much sought-after position of judge at the Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off is up for grabs to those who score highly on an online quiz.
“The blue crab trivia contest was a great way to introduce a new judge into the Crab Cake Cook-Off last year,” said organizer Doris Hicks, seafood technology specialist for the Delaware Sea Grant College Program. “We expect great results for this year’s quiz as well, with one lucky winner chosen from among the top scorers.”
In the past, the only way to earn a judging spot in the cook-off was to win the year before. Now last year’s winner and the top quiz scorer can judge, giving cook-off fans another way to get involved and evaluate some of the best crab cakes in the area. One additional judge, a culinary expert, will be selected by Hicks to round out the panel of crab cake connoisseurs.
The 20-question quiz tests scientific knowledge of blue crabs as well as trivia about the Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off over the years. Quiz takers need to know - or guess - answers like what a blue crab is called when it molts and popular ingredients in crab cakes.
Go to www.decoastday.org and access the quiz, which is available until Aug. 15.
Last year’s winner and other judges will sample all eight of the entries on Coast Day held Sunday, Oct. 6, at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes. Judges base their decision on taste, texture, originality and predominance of crabmeat.
Sponsored by Delaware Sea Grant and the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, Coast Day is an annual educational festival and showcase for Delaware’s rich marine resources. Blue crabs in particular are an economically important seafood in the state.
Cook-Off finalists will compete for cash prizes, a plaque and the glory of returning next year as judge. Those entering to cook must submit recipes by Friday, Aug. 9. More information is available at www.decoastday.org.