WATSON, LA (WAFB) - A local seafood restaurant owner will be taking his oyster chucking skills to China to compete in an international oyster shucking competition.
Duke Landry has been competing in oyster shucking competitions for over 30 years. Landry and his business partner Rudy Chandler owns the Denham Springs and Watson locations of Duke's Seafood and Steakhouse.
Landry is a five-time U.S. and world oyster shucking champion. He usually travels to Ireland for the competition but will instead be traveling to Beijing, China for the 2018 Oyster Shuck Off World Cup from May 22 to May 26.
Landry will compete against eleven world champions and 18 wildcard champions from around the world.
"Rudy and I are so proud to promote and sell fresh Louisiana Seafood. We offer a wide variety of Oyster Specials at both locations every single Monday at Duke's. And this is another way we can promote the Louisiana Oyster Industry, our heritage, and The United States of America by competing in this international competition in China." Landy said in a statement.
When competing in Ireland, Landry chucks oysters from the Atlantic Ocean near Galway, Ireland.
However, this year Landry will be chucking oysters from Washington state.
"I am shipping some in each week. I have to make sure I am completely familiar with them so I can compete against the clock, offering a clean, flawless product, just like we serve our customers daily at Duke's, " Landry said.
He will also be using several different knives to make sure he has the proper essential tools to compete.
Chandler feels confident that his partner will "show them how it's done and put Louisiana on the map in China."