Make your way to the Demonstration Theater for this fun, heated competition where contestants pit against each other, and against the clock to shuck oysters as fast as they can. If you think you have what it takes to enter this heated event, please email Minh Ly-Gordon at [email protected].
Official Rules & Regulations
All contestants will receive free admission to Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America on Monday, March 11, 2024.
Equipment, Performance and Judging
Judging the Oysters
Shuckers are randomly assigned one Atlantic and one Pacific oyster bags each. Oysters are pre-packaged by the sponsors 6/bag. The Shucker will remove, and arrange the oysters for the contest. At the chief judge’s discretion, the Shucker may appeal to swap out any oyster considered to be of improper quality for the contest. Extra Oysters for swapping out will be available. The Shucker will shuck, all 12 oysters – 6 East, 6 West as quickly and cleanly as possible, and present of the designated tray for presentation to the judges. If the Shucker gets a “bad”, “dead”, “box”, “winterkill” or otherwise normally “un-serveable” oyster – shuck, and present anyways – as this is not your fault, and the judges will not penalize for this. Pretend it is good to go. Make sure you shuck and present 6/6 – all 12 oysters.
Judges will add seconds to each contestant’s shucking time according to the following penalty table:
Judges may award a bonus time reduction of up to ten (10) seconds as an award for a tray presentation that is deemed outstanding. This may or may not be a “perfectly scored” tray. This must be a unanimous decision from the Judges team and is completely at their discretion.