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Michael's chowder hits Harris Teeter shelves

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- If you're craving the award-winning seafood chowder from Michael's Seafood Restaurant, you won't have to drive all the way to Carolina Beach to satisfy that craving.

Michael's Seafood Chowder hit shelves today at 197 Harris Teeter stores around the southeast. It's now available in stores from Washington, DC all the way down to Georgia.

"That's huge for us," Michael's CEO Kurt Vanscoy said. "It's something we've been working on and pushing hard. The procedure's done, and we're there. I walked into the stores in Mayfaire and Wrightsville Beach, and we are on the shelf. It's a big accomplishment for us."

The chowder just won the title of best seafood chowder in the world for the second year in a row at the Knorr Great Chowder Cook-off in Rhode Island.

Part of the proceeds from the Harris Teeter sales will be donated to a Cystic Fybrosis fund.

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Seafood Chowder

Is the chowder sold in the grocery store imitation or real seafood? I was a regular to Michael's weekly and quit going because I noticed the chowder was not as good with imitation seafood. The waitress told me people liked the fake stuff better because it did not taste so fishy. This made me even more upset. Then tell these people to not get SEAFOOD chowder if they don't like seafood.

Is it the actual award winning chowder?

As a former employee of Michael's I know for a fact that the chowder that is served at competition is not the same chowder that is served at the restaurant. It has never been in fact. Without giving away the ingredients and getting this post removed I will say a major ingredient is upgraded from "imitation" to freshly steamed and other ingredients are also upgraded for competition. The chowder at the restaurant is excellent but the chowder at the competition is superior. It is just not cost efficient to serve at the restaurant.

The official reason for this is to promote Michael's Seafood by winning the competition and the owners see nothing wrong with cheating to win the title of Best Chowder so long as it promotes their restaurant. They clear their consciences (if they have any) by donating a portion of the sales in stores to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the same group that helped Michael receive a double lung transplant, an extremely risky surgery, allegedly ahead of many other candidates on the transplant list. Check out the ingredients on the list at Harris Teeter. Tell me what ingredients seem like short cuts and then think to yourself, "Would this win the title of Best Chowder In The World?"