PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Several chefs from the Port Aransas area are celebrating a successful trip to Dallas.
More than 500 of the top chefs from 43 states and from all over the world met in Big D to compete in the annual World Food Championships.
Three of those chefs were from the Black Marlin Restaurant in Port Aransas. All placed at the top of their categories.
"To place seventh in the world and be part of a team that's the only restaurant in the world to have three chefs make the top ten is overwhelming to a degree, but excited," said Kate Meyer-McDowell, the Black Marlin's head line cook. "I'm just so grateful."
In order to stand out in each round, these chefs had to get creative.
"The chili category had to be a Texas chili. In the seafood category, it was southwest grilled oysters and the sandwich category, everyone had to do their take on a Cuban sandwich." said Gail Huesmann, the Black Marlin's executive chef.
The Black Marlin's signature dish is their shrimp and grits. Their secret ingredient is cheese that's shipped in from Utah.
It's also the dish with which Huesmann placed in the competition.
"Being right here in Port Aransas, I've redefined how I look at seafood and see seafood and redefined the cultures of the melting pot that this area is," Huesmann said,