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This Year’s Shrimp Cookoff 2019 is Sunday, November 3rd!

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The 10th Annual Shrimp CookOff is slated to be held at Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar in  Kitty Hawk, NC – from 12:00 noon until 3:00 pm on Sunday November 3rd.  This casual, fun competition has been a huge success since 2010, and we look forward to an excellent tenth annual event.  We will have 8-10 competing chefs from around the Outer Banks, cooking fresh, local shrimp in their favorite style of preparation.  A live MC will be keeping up with announcements and door prizes and a silent auction will also be held on the second floor of Ocean Boulevard, with a People’s Choice Ballot.  The bar will be open serving Beer & Wine specials along with your favorite beverage.  The cost per person is $25 at the door, and tickets can be bought in advance at Ocean Boulevard or Outer Banks Veterinary Hospital as well as online this fall.  This year’s event is sponsored by the Nags Head Dolphin Watch, Kitty Hawk Kites, Outer Banks Veterinary Hospital, Saltbox Cafe, Joe Lamb Jr. & AssociatesAccess Design, TowneBank, and Jam Media Solutions. Keep up with this blog to see who’s competing, find out about silent auctions, connect to facebook and see who’s coming!

Shrimp tomorrow!

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Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow, Sunday November 3rd, at Ocean Boulevard at noon for the 10th Annual Outer Banks Shrimp Cookoff! Tickets are $25 and still available in advance or tomorrow at the door!

And the winners are….

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Thank you so much to everyone that came out for the 10th Annual Outer Banks Shrimp Cookoff! All of the chef dishes were amazing, the weather was beautiful, and a great time was had by all! Here are the winners of the competition:

1st Place Judge’s Choice:

1st place: Chef Jamie of Ocean Boulevard with California style wanton wrapped shrimp with spicy rice ball

2nd place: Chef Matt of Aqua S with sautéed shrimp blini with avocado purée and smoked tomatoes

3rd place: Chef Jim of Shipwrecks with Polynesian shrimp on crispy wanton with Kim chi cucumbers

1st Place Chef’s Choice:

1st place: Chef John of Sandtrap Tavern with chili lime shrimp cake on a steam bun with sriracha tartar

2nd place: Chef Dylan of Sooey’s BBQ with smoked shrimp salad on sweet potato gaufette with cranberry honey

3rd place: Chef Sam of Red Drum with lemon poached shrimp over scallion polenta with smoked Gouda cream


1st Place People’s Choice:

Chef Jamie of Ocean Boulevard with California style wanton wrapped shrimp with spicy rice ball

Stay tuned as we set the date for the 11th Annual Outer Banks Shrimp Cookoff in 2020!


Chef lineup now complete!

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With the 10th Annual Outer Banks Shrimp Cookoff just one week away, the chef lineup is now complete! Our competing restaurants this year will be: Ocean Boulevard, Aqua S, Johanna’s, Sandtrap Tavern, Red Drum Grill and Taphouse, Outer Banks Frozen Yogurt, Shipwrecks, Sooey’s BBQ, and Bad Bean Baja Grill! Can’t wait to try all of these delicious shrimp dishes soon! Advance tickets are now on sale online through as well as at Ocean Boulevard and Outer Banks Vet Hospital in Kitty Hawk. Stay tuned for more updates on this event!

Advance Tickets On Sale!

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With a little over a month to go, the advance tickets are on sale this week!  Tickets will be available for purchase at Ocean Boulevard and Outer Banks Veterinary Hospital in Kitty Hawk for $25 each starting Tuesday October 1st. Tickets are now also available online! Tickets are also on sale the day of the event but get your tickets early as this event does sell out! And silent auction items are starting to come in!

Another chef joins the competition!

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Less than a month to go until delicious shrimp! Advance tickets are on sale at Ocean Boulevard and Outer Banks Veterinary Hospital in Kitty Hawk as well as online at

We’ve just received word that Sandtrap Tavern has just joined the competition! That makes 6 delicious shrimp dishes so far! Silent auction items are coming in, things are coming together to make this the best cookoff yet!

Another Returning Chef!

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Also joining the competition this year will be Chef Jes from Sal’s Pizza! Silent auction items are starting to come in! Stay tuned to this blog for more updates!

Chefs and MC Return!

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We have confirmation that Chef Johanna from Johanna’s in Wanchese will be returning this year to prepare a dish for this year’s cookoff as well as Chef Sam from Red Drum Taphouse!  Chefs Jen and Jeff Schwartzenberg from Outer Banks Frozen Yogurt will be joining the competition this year! Christian Benedi will also be back as our MC (he made the event a lot of fun last year)!  That makes three great Shrimp dishes so far, with more to come!