Thank you very much for documenting the entire gumbo competition saga. In my book you are truly the one and only Cajun King. What a great recipe! Truly inspired and well executed. I can’t believe you did not take top honors. I am a true gumbo fan and sometimes gumbo cook, but never could get a taste for the seafood variety. I do not believe one can get the depth of flavor from the seafood variety that will nourish the soul as well as the body. To me the seafood variety is "gumbo lite" and is more indicative of modern taste rather than traditional tastes.
I also enjoyed the saga of your road trip and all the difficulty in simply getting there what with weather and all.
From the photos supplied, I imagine I am a bit older than your Dad and have been doing serious cooking since I was a lad. Still all the great recipes you post on Roadfood never fail to inspire me and also remind me what good cooking is all about. Thank you, Cajun King for keeping good cooking alive at least on Roadfood. I for one appreciate it.