Boston chef wins international lobster cook-off

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The winner of the lobster world series championship in Maine is the chef who created a butter-basted lobster with corn and sweet miso puree, served with roasted fingerling potatoes, cinnamon-and-hay smoked carrots and piquillo pepper sauce.

Chris Gould of Uni Sashimi Restaurant in Boston accepted his golden lobster buoy -- and $5,000 -- during a ceremony at Portland City Hall on Wednesday.

The other finalists were Gerd Kastenmeier of Kastenmeier Restaurant in Dresden, Germany; Patrick Goubier of Chez Patrick in Hong Kong; and local host Steven Corry from Five Fifty-Five and Petite Jacqueline in Portland.

The chefs spent Monday hauling their lobster with help from local fishermen. They visited the Shucks Maine Lobster processing plant in Richmond on Tuesday. Shucks sponsored the international competition that ended with Wednesday's cook-off.