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Enter The Copper River Coho Chef Competition


Greetings Chef! If you’re based in the US, register below for a chance to participate in The Copper River Coho Chef Competition. Ten chefs will be selected to receive one fresh Copper River Coho salmon shipped directly from the Copper River salmon fishing grounds outside of Cordova, Alaska, and compete for a chance to win big!

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Salmon from the Copper River is world-famous. Not only is it the first commercially available wild salmon of Alaska’s summer salmon season, but it is renowned for being the richest, most luxurious salmon in the world. While Copper River King is most widely known, the region is actually home to three species of Copper River salmon: king, sockeye, and coho! The Copper River Coho Chef Competition is your chance to get to know the Copper River region’s fall bounty intimately. Ten lucky Chefs will receive one fresh whole Copper River Coho salmon, harvested only days prior to shipping, fresh from the pure, icy cold ocean waters where the Gulf of Alaska meets the Copper River. Peak harvest for Copper River Coho salmon is mid-August through late September, making it the perfect grand finale for Alaska’s five-month fresh salmon season. Milder and more delicate than wild king or sockeye, Copper River Coho is a highly versatile fish with unlimited potential. So, register today for a chance to participate, and prepare to get wild.


  1. Register below by August 29th, 2021.
  2. If you’re one of the ten selected to compete, wait to receive your fresh Copper River Coho salmon, and then create an entry featuring Copper River Coho. Shipments will be perishable, so please plan to prepare yours within 1-2 days of receipt. Most fresh shipments will be sent between September 1st – 3rd, just in time for the Labor Day holiday!
  3. Submit your entry by September 24th, 2021 by following these guidelines:
    • Posting the photos on Instagram (using hashtag #CopperRiverCohoContest and tagging @copperriversalmon and @chefsroll 
    • Send your entry photo and detailed dish description via email. (Address will be provided)
  4. Winners will be announced on or around September 29th, 2021. The judges will be looking at the following criteria:
    • Copper River Coho is the featured component of the dish
    • Plating/presentation/quality of image submitted
    • Overall dish quality and creativity
    • Use of Fall’s seasonal bounty


Looking for a little inspiration? Check out the video from Chef Mikel Anthony using Copper River Coho salmon.


Official rules


One Grand Prize Winner will receive :

Two Runners Up Prize Winners will receive :



In August, Copper River fishermen turn their attention to the last great salmon of the season: Copper River Coho. Copper River Coho’s timing makes it the perfect fish for Labor Day promotions and to pair with Fall’s bountiful harvest. The season runs through late-September and is the grand finale to Alaska’s fresh wild salmon season. Copper River Coho is harvested by the same quality-minded, small-craft harvesters who fish for Copper River King and Sockeye, so you can rest assured the quality and handing is equally superior. Copper River Coho possesses an approachable, mild flavor and delicate texture, but with the rich, luxurious oil content that defines and differentiates Copper River salmon. This fish is a Fall favorite and pairs well – just as nature intended – with seasonal root vegetables and mushrooms.

Images courtesy Chef’s Roll and Copper River

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