Award-winning chef knows his Florida seafood

Native Floridian and chef Justin Timineri set to heat up the Museum of Florida History.

Tallahassee's quite a trek from Tampa Bay, but if you're headed that way in about two weeks for summer getaway purposes, a free culinary presentation is happening at the Museum of Florida History.

Organized by Secretary of State Ken Detzner and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida chef Justin Timineri will hold a cooking demonstration at noon on Tuesday, July 22.

Foodies may recognize Timineri as the 2006 winner of the Food Network Challenge's "Great American Seafood Cook-Off."

However, the native Floridian is also the Department of Agriculture's executive chef and culinary ambassador. A few of Timineri's duties involve promoting the state's commodities, developing recipes and educating children about food and nutrition.

The chef will serve up the seafood he creates during his demonstration to visitors, and the sampling will feature some of state's most popular fish. 

According to a press release from the Florida Department of State, Timineri's goal is to "encourage everyone to rediscover fresh and healthy Florida cuisine."

His presentation, which is part of the museum's History at High Noon series, will harmonize with a temporary exhibit called The Lure of Florida Fishing.

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