A new generation of shrimpers, oyster farmers, and fishermen is breaking with tradition and introducing cutting-edge techniques to Gulf waters. But as always, the final link between catch and consumer are the cooks that feed us. Luckily, Gulf Coast chefs have never commanded a larger profile, with luminaries such as John Besh, Chris Shepherd, and Donald Link touting its best producers on a national stage. Here, some signature dishes conceived around this inspiring new wave of seafood.

By Chris Hughes