Boiling Teams

Think you've got the best boil? PROVE IT!

Register your team for Crawfish Mambo's Annual Crawfish Cook-Off competition - now New Orleans' Largest Crawfish Cook-Off!!


Your team entry fee includes live crawfish, event tickets, free parking and the chance to claim the Best of Boil Championship and/or the Crowd's Choice Title which come with one-of-a-kind paddle trophies, cash prizes and years of bragging rights! Teams should be willing to cook at least four (4) sacks, and supply their own cooking utensils, spices and any additional fixings they wish to offer the crowds. A panel of celebrity judges will determine the winner of the Crawfish Mambo Cook-off Best of Boil Competition as well as the 2nd and 3rd place winners. Winners will be announced from the main stage that day. We will also present one (1) Crowd's Choice Award (voted on by festival attendees). And, we invite each team to compete for the Best Decorated Booth Award, determined by a committee of UNO Alumni.

Teams will be accepted and able to select their locations on a first-come, first-serve basis. We are limited to 100 teams so register early!


Interested in competing in 2018?


Meet the 2016 Crawfish Mambo Victors!

Thank you to every team which participated in our Mambo Cook-off and kept us in crawfish all day long. You're all winners as far as we're concerned, but, this was a competition, after all! Here are the teams that our Celebrity Judges - and Mambo guests - chose as their favorites...

"Best of Boil" Champions - 1st Place:

Dhose Bodacious Crawfish

Dhose Bodacious Crawfish (AKA DBC)
Captain: Wesley Crossland; Team Members: Brandy Brooks and more

Crowd's Choice Champs:

Geaux CreoleGeaux Creole/Law Office of Andrew Schwing
Captain: Chris Freret; Team Members: Steve Rorex, Andrew Schwing & more

 2nd Win!


2nd Prize: 

Tres Bon Meats

Tres Bon Cajun Meats
Captain: Bill Newton; Team Members: Jerry Hughes, Rush Carlton, Joshua Noehl



3rd Prize:

Put Some South in Your Mouth

Put Some South in Your Mouth
Captain: Al Fredriksen;
Team Members: Yancey
Ingram and more



Best Booth Decoration: 

Cirque Du Mambo - Waldermar S. Nelson

Cirque Du Mambo (AKA Waldemar S. Nelson 2)

Captain: Anabel Salinas;  Team Members: Martin Patterson, Justin Bertheaud and more


2nd Win!

*New Category* Best Side:
Lightnin' Pots & Takin Shots Lightnin' Pots and Takin' Shots

Captain: Nick Guth;
Team Members: Gerald Thompson and more

2016 Crawfish Mambo Judges

2016 Mambo JudgesCrawfish Mambo judges have a tough gig: sampling crawfish prepared by each boiling team and ranking their favorites based on flavor, spice and creativity. Here are the lucky members of the 2016 Crawfish Mambo Judging Panel:


Susan Ford (editor, Louisiana Kitchen & Culture Magazine)

Anne Cutler (anchor, WGNO Good Morning New Orleans)

Ann Maloney (food editor at Times Picayune/

Kim Ranjbar (food writer – Where Y’at, New Orleans Living Magazine, food blogger)

Beth D’Addono (freelance writer, USA Today)

Charles Divins (morning anchor, WDSU)

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