Filmmaker’s Bash Chefs Alex Eaton and Jesse Houston Receive Awards

Congratulations to Chef Alex Eaton of Manship Wood Fired Kitchen for being crowned the King of the 2016 Mississippi Seafood Cook-off with his Snapper Collar dish. The Mississippi Seafood Cook-off was held in downtown Gulfport on May 26 in conjunction with the inaugural Mississippi Seafood Experience. In August, Eaton will go on to represent Mississippi at the Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans, followed by an appearance in World Food Championships: The Ultimate Food Fight , being held in Orange Beach, AL in November.

NMHS Unlimited also wishes to congratulate our 2016 Filmmaker’s Bash Top Chef, Jesse Houston, owner and chef at Saltine in Jackson. Jesse took home the Runner-Up medal in the 2016 Mississippi Seafood Cook-off with his Crab Custard. Chef Jesse is also a recent James Beard nominee for Best Chef South.

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Filmmaker’s Bash Lineup: Chef Jesse Houston of Saltine

We are excited to welcome Chef Jesse Houston of Saltine to The Bash line-up! Jesse has received national accolades including Saltine being named one of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants for 2015. We cannot wait to see what he brings to the 2016 Bash.

The Filmmaker’s “Black Tie & Blues” Bash is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the Mississippi Museum of Art. The Bash wraps-up the annual “It’s About You” film festival and showcases some of Mississippi’s finest chefs. Guests dine on exceptional cuisine and vote for their favorite chef. Featured guest artists include international touring blues artist Dexter Allen and the melodic melodies of Melvin “House Cat” Hendrex. The 2016 event will also a silent auction. Tickets are available for purchase online at…

This event is made possible through the generous support of ChefWorks, Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lanier High School National Alumni Association, Mississippi Film Office, The Jackson Advocate and The W.E.B. Du Bois Honors College. This project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Thank you JPS for your support of the “Honoring the Legacy” project.

Chef Jesse Houston