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Catfish Max in Seaford has new chef

Chef Erik Hopkins at Catfish Max in Seaford

Chef Erik Hopkins at Catfish Max in Seaford Credit: Maureen Breidenbach

Catfish Max in Seaford has a new chef in the house, and he's cooking with a Southern accent. Erik Hopkins, who terms his culinary style “out of the box,” trained under legendary chef Paul Prudhomme at his landmark New Orleans restaurant, K-Paul's.

Prudhomme’s influence can be seen in Hopkins’ list of daily specials, which might include cornmeal-crusted smoked catfish over sweet potato and crabmeat hash with a “voodoo” sauce ($25). “I love crusting any type of fish,” Hopkins said. On the regular menu is a Moroccan spice-crusted seared tuna with roasted garlic hummus ($20).

Before coming to the canal-side restaurant in Seaford, Hopkins cooked at the Pier at Watch Hill on Fire Island.

Catfish Max is at 3681 Naomi St., Seaford, 516-679-2020


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