On YouTube: Fifth Annual Seafood Throwdown at "Celebrate Grown on Long Island Day"
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LI Grown Mitchell sisters will compete: MasterChef Junior Kayla vs. Chopped Junior Champ Lauryn

Click here for some photos taken at August 2016's Seafood Throwdown, which appear at the end of this news item.


Yaphank, NY, July 28, 2016 - On Friday, August 5, 2016, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Long Island Farm Bureau, New York Sea Grant and partners invite you to the 6th Annual “Celebrate Grown on Long Island Day” at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank from 10am to 2pm. Purchase local in-season Grown on Long Island produce from the Farmers Market, meet local farmers, and enjoy roasted corn, wine, and food tastings. Kids can visit the educational animal yard, ride farm wagons and more.

At 11am stop by New York Sea Grant’s Fifth Annual Seafood Throwdown. This year’s exciting competition will be historic when Kayla Mitchell who appeared on MasterChef Junior in 2015 faces off with her sister, Chopped Junior Champion Lauryn Mitchell who won the title on July 5, 2016.

In the photo above, Lauryn gives her big sister Kayla a hug. Photo Credit: Barbara Lassen / Dan's Papers.

“In the kitchen is where my daughters shine—I can’t believe we are on this ride together,” said Michelle Mitchell, mother of the competing chefs.  She will be sous chef for daughter Kayla while their uncle Eddie Ciappa will do the same for Lauryn.

The young chefs will receive a seasonal mystery seafood and local produce item courtesy of local farms and fishermen. They’ll have a little time for a mad dash to the Farmers Market to buy other Grown on Long Island ingredients to round out the dishes to present to the judges. A past year paired “porgies and beets” and last year, “monkfish and horseradish.” What will the mystery ingredients be this year?

New York Sea Grant's fisheries specialist, Antoinette Clemetson, said “Fishermen have much in common with small farmers. We are working with fishing businesses to help establish community supported fisheries (CSF) programs similar to the more familiar community supported agriculture (CSAs).” The seafood throwdown is adapted from New England fishing community events held by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA).

FREE ADMISSION. The Suffolk County Farm is right off the LIE at Exit 67 South.  For more info visit www.celebrategrownonLI.com or call the Long Island Farm Bureau at 631.727.3777.

“The seafood throwdown is another way that Sea Grant can bring attention to the benefit of supporting local seafood and the farm to table movement," says NYSG's fisheries specialist Antoinette Clemetson.

Lauren Mitchell was the most recent champion of 'Chopped Junior,' officially winning the honor in early July 2016. Photo: Newsday.

Kayla Mitchell poses with her sister Lauren and friends, who showed their support with a thumbs up during a January 2015 screening of “MasterChef Junior” at Long Island's Moriches Yacht Club. Photo Credit: Barbara Lassen / Dan's Papers 

Kayla Mitchell competed On 'MasterChef Junior' in 2015. Photo: TheTVPage.com.

In Photos: LI Grown Mitchell sisters compete:
MasterChef Junior Kayla vs. Chopped Junior Champ Lauryn at 2016's Seafood Throwdown back to top

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone middle, with his two daughters and The Mitchell family. Credit: Barbara A. Branca

Lauryn Mitchell (at left); Kayla Mitchell (at right), winner of this year's Seafood Throwdown. Credit: Barbara A. Branca

More Info: Video Clips of This Year's Contestants  back to top

Chopped Junior's Lauryn Mitchell - Interview
[Yahoo News] (July 2016)

Lauryn Mitchell not only won Chopped Junior, but, as Yahoo News discovered, she also won the hearts of viewers as the little chef’s cooking style could be described as "sophisticatedly adorable."

Chopped Junior's Lauryn Mitchell - Viewing Party [Newsday] (July 2016)

Center Moriches' Lauryn Mitchell, 10, began competing for a $10,000 prize on Food Network's "Chopped Junior" in February 2016. On Tuesday, July 5th, the family held a viewing party for the show's finale.

On each episode of the show, four young cooks compete, and are eliminated one by one after cooking an appetizer round, a main course round and a dessert round. Lauryn couldn’t give away in advance what she cooks on the show, but some of her favorite things to prepare are steak and burgers stuffed with cheese.

“I wanted to do this because I followed after my sister’s footsteps,” says Lauryn, whose older sister, Kayla, 13, appeared on “Master Chef Junior” in 2014.

MasterChef Junior's Kayla Mitchell - Interview [Newsday] (January 2015)

Kidsday reporters Erin Wuestmann, Connor McNeill, Sean Nolan and William Dietz, all from Bayport, interviewed "MasterChef Junior" contestant Kayla Mitchell at her house in Center Moriches, Long Island, NY. Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly.

MasterChef Junior's Kayla Mitchell- Viewing Party [Newsday] (January 2015)

Friends and family of Kayla Mitchell gathered for a viewing party in Center Moriches as they watched Kayla compete on "MasterChef Junior." Credit: Randee Daddona.

More Info: Grown on Long Island Day

"Grown on Long Island Day” is a celebration of the area's local produce. Long Island is home to 35,000 acres of working farms growing over 100 varieties of products. The local greenhouses, farm fields and vineyards are what make this region so special and the investment into our own community is vital for our region to flourish.

To find a Farmers Market nearest you, check out the map feature on Grown on Long Island's Web site.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

New York Sea Grant maintains Great Lakes offices at SUNY Buffalo, the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark and at SUNY Oswego. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Manhattan, in the Hudson Valley through Cooperative Extension in Kingston and at Brooklyn College. 

For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG also offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/coastlines for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published several times a year.

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