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Seafood Fanatic Reels in $10,000 at Fifth Annual National Peel & Eat Shrimp Contest

Todd Bertch, Goose Creek, S.C., Devours 73 Shrimp in 10 Minutes

BALTIMORE, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Rising tides, gusty winds and torrential downpours were not enough to keep America's biggest seafood lovers from the chance to celebrate their passion and win $10,000. Ten of America's fastest fingers and mouths faced off in the fifth annual Old Bay(R) Peel & Eat Shrimp Classic. Todd Bertch, of Goose Creek, S.C., kicked off Labor Day weekend $10,000 richer, by devouring 73 shrimp in 10 minutes. Nisa Bottone, of Yuma, Ariz., was runner-up, polishing off 67 shrimp.

"I always knew I was the biggest seafood lover in the country, and today I proved it," said Bertch.

Finalists from across the country peeled and ate their way through more than 1,100 Old Bay-seasoned shrimp -- that's about 50 pounds of the tasty crustaceans. Other contestants included: Doug Christy, Lakeland, Fla.; Rodney Evans, Keller, Texas; Jordan Lowndes, Monrovia, Calif.; Kelley McRorie, Deer Island, Ore.; Valentino Moscato, Barnesville, Ohio; Lisa Robinson, Pasadena, Md.; John Sayward, Harrison Township, Mich.; and Matt Schultz, Harwich, Mass.

Not "professional" eaters, these finalists were chosen based on essays they wrote explaining their love for seafood and favorite ways of enjoying Old Bay seasoning. Entries were judged on creativity, persuasiveness, and originality of Old Bay usage. Semi-finalists then competed in regional peel and eat shrimp competitions across the country to advance to the national final.

For more than 60 years, Old Bay seasoning has been an indispensable part of mid-Atlantic cooking. The secret ingredient in a variety of seafood dishes, this blend of more than a dozen herbs and spices has since developed a loyal following across the country. For more information on the Old Bay Peel & Eat Shrimp Classic, visit http://www.old-bay.com/, or call 1-800-MEAL-TIP (1-800-632-5847).

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[email protected], cell phone: +1-914-475-4074; or Laurie Harrsen,
McCormick & Company, Inc., +1-410-527-8753, [email protected]

Web site: http://www.old-bay.com/

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