Michael's Seafood will soon be known by a much larger crowd than just its local fans. Owners Michael and Shelly McGowan, along with one of their chefs, will travel to Newport, Rhode Island to compete in the 28th Annual Schweppes International Great Chowder Cook-off. "It's awesome. I think it's great, I think it's the best thing we've got going for us,” said Michael. “It's a great opportunity for us to do this; it's a great privilege to do it for them." Tuesday night, State Senator Julia Boseman presented the McGowan's with a state flag to proudly hang at their booth, along with a letter from Governor Perdue, and a proclamation from the Senate. "I've been down here numerous times and the chowder's excellent so we really just wanted to wish them luck and hope everything goes well," said Senator Boseman. Two-hundred gallons of Michael's famous seafood chowder will represent North Carolina at the festival that attracts 30,000 people. Michael’s Seafood chef Jeremiah Stutts said, "I'm pretty confident that our chowder is going to hold its own up there, so the chowder will do the speaking for itself." Michael calls his creation a mix between a northern and southern chowder; to make for a great combination. "There are some secret ingredients always in the chowder as everybody knows, but I think it's a combination of the vegetables, the potatoes, the seafood that we put in it and a nice mixture that we bring together and it's a nice combination." Friends and family in southeastern North Carolina will be cheering them on up there, especially the McGowan's son Dylan. "This chowder's awesome," he said. The chowder cook-off is Saturday. We'll be sure to check in with the McGowan’s to see how they made out in Newport.
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