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Cooking her way to New Orleans

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Estacada resident Bethy Rossos recently competed in the Great American Seafood Cookoff, held in New Orleans, La.Whether it’s to New Orleans or on live television, cooking has taken Estacada resident Bethy Rossos many places.

Over the past weekend, Rothos competed in the Great American Seafood Cookoff, held in New Orleans, La.

Each of the 11 chefs from around the U.S. who participated in the event had won the title of King or Queen of Seafood in their state or were appointed by leaders in their state.

Rossos, who had been writing recipes for Oregon Albacore Tuna, caught the attention of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, who asked her to enter the competition with a crab-themed recipe.

“The point of the competition is to use food that we have in our home state, and Oregon is very local, fresh and inspired,” she explained.

Rossos was eager to embrace her Oregon roots during the competition.

“I’ve been crabbing since I could walk,” she said.

With her sister Rachel Cox as her sous chef, Rossos created a Dungeness Crab Triade pasta dish. Though she didn’t win the competition, Rothos was passionate about the dish she created.

“It’s very summery,” she said. “It has a lot of elements to it.”

Rossos was happy to work with her sister.

“It’s really awesome having my sister with me,” she said. “We work really well together. We don’t even have to talk to one another while we work, we’re able to just do it.”

Rossos, who teaches wellness at Boring Middle School and operates a catering business during the summer, comes from a family that is passionate about cooking.

“My grandma is really good at cooking. It’s her art, and an innate thing for her,” she said. “We’re from a big Greek family, so everything revolves around food.”

Rossos’ passion for food also lead her to be on the television show “Masterchef,” which she calls “the most amazing and terrible experience.”

“The cooking part was amazing,” she called. “But I’m such a country girl. Being in LA was not fun.”

In spite of this, she sees many positive aspects of the experience.

“The people were so fun, and I loved getting to know them,” she said. “(During the competition) I learned a lot more about plating, and I got a lot better about that.”

In addition to cooking, Rossos is also passionate about competitions.

This competitive streak led to her having her own outdoor adventure show, “Adrenaline Hunter.”

“My uncle dared me to go on (the show “Wanted: Adventure Woman”),” she said. “If I had known what the prize was, I may not have done it. I’m glad I didn’t know what it was - it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and so much fun.”

During the show, which ran for one season on Comcast Sports Network,Rossos participated in a variety of action-packed activities.

“I basically said ‘that looks scary and fun, and I want to do it,” she said.

When reflecting on the last several years of her life, Rossos said they were unexpected, but not unwanted.

“I wouldn’t have expected this in a million years,” she said. “But I’ve loved every minute of it.”

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