chef http://michiganradio.org en Chefs try to get Americans to eat Asian carp http://michiganradio.org/post/chefs-try-get-americans-eat-asian-carp <p>Two species of Asian carp, bighead and silver carp, have been swimming their way north toward the Great Lakes for decades. A lot of people are trying to keep the carp out of the Lakes.</p><p>Yesterday, attorneys general from around the country announced they&rsquo;re putting more pressure on Congress to speed up action on Asian carp.</p><p>Some people think one solution is to create a market for the fish.</p><p>There are a couple of companies working to sell Asian carp to China... where the fish are considered a delicacy.</p><p>But winning over the American palate is much harder. Carp have a bit of an image problem... and they are full of bones.</p><p><em>&ldquo;We are spoiled here, we like convenience. Everybody expects to have fish without bones, right? And that&rsquo;s the issue.&rdquo;</em></p><p>This is Chef Phillipe Parola. He&rsquo;s from Baton Rouge and he wants you to learn to love Asian carp.</p><p>Parola is one of the chefs who <a href="http://www.chefphilippe.com/nutria.html">tried to get Americans to eat nutria</a>. Nutria look like oversized rats. So that didn&rsquo;t go over so well.</p><p>Two years ago, Chef Parola found his new calling. He was out fishing in Louisiana, where the Asian carp are thick.</p><p><em>&ldquo;With ten minutes, this fish started jumping everywhere. I&rsquo;m like, what in the heck! Two of them, one after the other, landed right at my feet.&rdquo;</em></p><p>He kept the giant carp, put them on ice, and took them home.</p><p><em>&ldquo;To my surprise, when I saw the meat, as a professional chef, I knew right on that there&rsquo;s no way that this fish could be bad, literally. When I went and cooked it, I&#39;m going to tell you, it tasted between scallops and crab meat, there is no doubt.&rdquo;</em></p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:02:03 +0000 Rebecca Williams 4322 at http://michiganradio.org Chefs try to get Americans to eat Asian carp