Did you know President Ronald Reagan declared the month of August as National Catfish month in 1984? Did you also know that 94% of all catfish produced in the United States comes from four Southeastern states- Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas?
This year Heartland Catfish Company celebrates the beloved fish throughout the month of August and announces the 2022 Heartland Catfish Culinary Contest winner.
The Catfish Culinary Contest
What better way to celebrate catfish than with a cooking contest? Heartland Catfish recently joined forces with our friends at the Viking Cooking School and The Catfish Institute to co-sponsor The Catfish Culinary Contest. Several creative recipes were submitted and critiqued by our judging panel that included James Beard Award-nominated Chef, Taylor Bowen Ricketts; Kitchen Manager and Head Chef Instructor at Viking Cooking School, Loren Leflore; Miss Catfish, Jillian Roberts and VP of Sales and Marketing at Heartland Catfish Company, Jonathan Mills.
2022 Heartland Catfish Culinary Contest Winner
Heartland Catfish is thrilled to announce Lisa Bynum as The Catfish Culinary Contest winner. Also known as The Cooking Bride, Lisa showcased true catfish culinary creativity with her Mediterranean Catfish Fillet recipe. Professional Chef, Loren Leflore showcased The Cooking Bride’s recipe through a fun cooking tutorial. Follow the link and watch our video to learn how you can prepare this recipe at home.
As the winner of The Catfish Culinary Contest, Lisa receives a supply of Heartland Catfish, along with a Heartland Catfish prize bag. Apart from being named The Catfish Culinary winner, Lisa is a dedicated food blogger who has been featured by several publications including Country Living, Delish, Better Homes and Gardens and has been named “13 Southern Food Bloggers You Should be Following” by Southern Kitchen.
Whether you choose to celebrate National Catfish Month by preparing the fish grilled, blackened, or as The Cooking Bride did with her winning recipe U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is extremely versatile and provides an environmentally safe source of protein consumers can trust.
“Catfish is a healthy, delicious protein that we love to celebrate,” said Jonathan Mills, Heartland Catfish VP of Sales and Marketing. “The Heartland Catfish team encourages our customers and all catfish lovers to celebrate National Catfish Month with us and prepare the easy-to-make, family-friendly winning contest recipe.”