NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Emmy Award-winning competitive cooking show "Top Chef" this week features seafood from the Gulf Coast, with New Orleans-own top chef, John Besh, serving as one of several judges.
Besh says the cable show is giving the Gulf Coast a chance to showcase its seafood, which he says is safe to eat and the best tasting on the market today.
The coast's seafood industry has been fighting negative perceptions about its product since the Gulf was fouled by a massive oil spill caused by the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon disaster.
The show also will benefit the Greater New Orleans Foundation's Gulf Coast Oil Spill fund, which has raised more than $1 million to help families affected by the spill and to address environmental concerns.
The show airs on Wednesdays on Bravo.
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