Chris Motto was back in the saddle this month to compete in another cooking competition.
On Tuesday, the Mansurs on the Boulevard executive chef represented Baton Rouge at the 12th annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette, though he did not take home any of the top three prizes.
Motto reached celebrity chef status thanks to his turn on Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” earlier this year, voluntarily bowing out of the competition in the second-to-last episode and passing on a chance to join host Gordon Ramsay’s Las Vegas restaurant, saying his place was back home.
“I want to raise the culinary standard in Baton Rouge. … I’m not ready to give up on that,” Motto said on the show before his goodbye.
Motto isn’t done representing Baton Rouge when competing, he went up against 13 other chefs from across the state with the goal of being crowned King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood just last night.
225 sat down with Motto to talk life since “Hell’s Kitchen” and his plans for the future. Read the full Q&A here.