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Master Shucker: Boathouse Bartender Wins Oyster Shucking Contest

If you’ve ever walked along the Destin Harbor, you’ve likely passed a little wooden shack built atop a pier. At the East end of the Harbor, this single story building, decked in neon signs and vibrating with live music, is The Boathouse Oyster Bar & Grill. On any given night, people are milling about the bar, talking by the front steps, or singing along with the night’s performer. What’s more, The Boathouse is known for friendly service and fresh seafood.

The Boathouse

The Boathouse Oyster Bar & Grill. (Photos thanks to The Boathouse)

Not only is it famous for its fresh oysters, but for its oyster shuckers as well. In fact, the oyster shuckers here are, well, a shuck above.  Kelly Camardelle, Boathouse’s manager and bartender, recently won the US Foods “Food Fanatics Live” oyster shucking contest in New Orleans.

For almost a decade, Camardelle has been the smiling, shuck-happy face behind the bar. In fact, according to an interview with The Destin Log, Camardelle holds a record at The Boathouse for shucking 12 oysters in a minute.

Kelly Camardelle

Kelly Camardelle, left, is announced as the oyster shucking champion at Food Fanatics Live.

During the Food Fanatics Live competition in New Orleans, Camardelle had three minutes to shuck as many oysters as he could. When the timer stopped, he had shucked 25 oysters to take the title. The Food Fanatics Live record is 27 oysters.

Food Fanatics Live promotes a love of food and exchange of culinary skills. On their website, Food Fanatics, you’ll find issues of the magazine, bios of Food Fanatics chefs across the country, recipes and events. The current issue features how-tos for the perfect ice cream sundae, tomato and mozzarella salad, and recipes for restaurant PR.

Camardelle plans to attend future US Foods events and hopes to break the record. Want to see his skills in action? Book your stay in Destin today and make your way to The Boathouse Oyster Bar & Grill on the Destin Harbor.

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