As the sun is rising Friday, Sea-Tac Airport will welcome the first planeload of Copper River salmon. The journey begins in Cordova, Alaska and some some of the salmon goes straight to the grills of area chefs competing in the annual Copper River Cook-Off.
Three top Seattle chefs compete to create the best salmon recipe in Alaska Air Cargo’s “Copper Chef Cook-off.” This year, executive chefs Jason Wilson of CRUSH and Wayne A. Johnson of Ray’s Boathouse competed against the 2010 and 2011 Copper Chef winner Pat Donahue, the executive chef of Anthony’s Restaurants. And, for a third year in a row, Pat Donahue won the cook-off and was named, ‘The Copper Chef’ for 2012. Here are their recipes.