The Maine Lobster Festival is looking for amateur chefs to compete in this year’s highly anticipated Seafood Cooking Contest. Applications are due by July 15.

Amateur chefs come together each year at the Maine Lobster Festival Seafood Cooking Contest to test their skills and try something new. The contest attracts contestants and visitors from around the country and even around the world. Both print and broadcast media arrive each year to report on the recipes and contestants.

Anyone age 18 and older can enter and compete for $525 in prize money. First prize is $200, second prize is $175, and the third-place winner gets $150. Winners are selected by a panel of judges who look for three things in each dish: suitability of the seafood for the recipe, creativity and simplicity. As long as the seafood can be found in Maine waters, any dish is accepted. Sue Jobes took first prize in 2016 with her seafood crepes.

This year the contest will begin at 9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 4. It will take place on the festival grounds in the North Entertainment Tent, with judging beginning at 11:30 a.m. Prizes will be announced at 12:30 p.m. The contest audience will be able to sample the prepared foods and pick up different recipes after the prizes and awards have been presented.

Applications can be downloaded from the Maine Lobster Festival website, mainelobsterfestival.com/main-events/cookingcontest/.

For more information, contact Celia Knight at celia@knightmarineservice.com or 542-1192.