Boston Local Food Festival

Presented by Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts

Fish Stock/Seafood Throwdown

Fish Stock is the portion of the Boston Local Food Festival that highlights the fisher folk and the seafood that are local to New England. Sponsored by Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA), The Seafood Throwdown is the main event of Fish Stock! Two chefs engage in a culinary battle of skill and creativity with the secret seafood ingredient. Can you guess the secret seafood?


11:30AM-1:30PM – Seafood Throwdown – Hosted by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance – Featuring executive chef Colin Targett of Boston Children’s Hospital and the Executive Chef from Boston Medical Center. Colin is a local chef born and raised in Melrose, MA.  He is a graduate of Newbury College Culinary Arts Program and Food Service and Restaurant Management Program with an Associates in Applied Science. He earned a silver metal in the Mass Health Association’s “Best of the Best” healthcare competition in October of 2011, and has held positions from Baker to Executive Chef in various restaurants and hotels over the years.  Colin is currently the Executive Director of the Boston Children’s Hospital.

  • Judges for the Seafood Throwdown include Mary Griffin, Commissioner, MA Department of Fish and Game, Jean Kerr, editor of Northeast Flavor Magazine, one lucky audience member and a representative from Future Chefs in Boston, MA.

  • The Emcee for the Seafood Throwdown is Spencer Montgomery with Slow Youth and Slow Fish

2PM- 2:30PM: Steve Parks with the Gloucester Maritime Museum- “Filet Demo”

2:45PM- 3:45PM: Bill Bradley with the New England Aquarium- “Hot Seafood Demo


Chefs are allowed to bring three of their favorite ingredients, and once they discover the secret seafood they must use, they got $25 and 15 minutes to shop the Boston Local Food Festival’s vendors for ingredients. After their shopping spree, they have one hour to cook and present their entry for the judge’s consideration.

Chef Derrick Prince and Chef Christian Collins (Photo Credit: Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance)

Crowd takes in the throwdown action (Photo Credit: Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance)

The Distinguished Judges (from left to right): Callie Crossley of WGBH’s Callie Crossley show, Mass Dept of Fish and Game Commissioner Mary Griffin, Mass Dept of Agriculture Commissioner Scott Soaros, lobsterman David Casoni of the Mass Lobsterman’s Association (Photo Credit: Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance)

And the 2011 winner is:

Derrick Prince!

Photo Credit: Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance