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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nine of the Midwest’s finest chefs are preparing to compete for $1,000 Tuesday as the University of Minnesota salutes the sustainable fisheries of Lake Superior.

The university’s Sea Grant program is organizing the cook-off. Each chef will be given two lake herring to turn into an entrTe meant to impress the judges.

Sea Grant director Jeff Gunderson says Lake Superior’s commercial herring fishery is an outstanding example of how a native fish population can recover. He says it now sustains 57 jobs and stimulates about $10 million in economic activity in Minnesota.

The public portion of the event begins at 4 p.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. Guests will be able to sample lake herring and talk to the chefs. Tickets are $10 through the university bookstore.

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