AUGUSTA — Two of Maine’s top chefs will represent the state at the Great American Seafood Cook-off in Louisiana this summer.

In response to a challenge by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to appoint a chef to represent Maine, Gov. Paul LePage anointed Chef Melissa Bouchard and her assistant, Chef Clifford Pickett, as “Team Maine” for the competition.

Bouchard and Pickett will compete against other top-level professional chefs from around the country on Aug. 11 for the title of “King/Queen of American Seafood.”

The annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off pits up-and-coming chefs against recognized culinary greats from around the United States. Chefs are asked to create unique dishes with sustainable, domestic seafood that is native to their home state.

Both Maine chefs work at DiMillo’s on the Water in Portland.