Know Your Producer: Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co.

This isn't your grandma's mac & cheese. Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. uses local Maine lobsters to create the ultimate comfort food.

In 1946, Hazel Hancock and her two sisters opened a lobster restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine.  More than fifty years later, the Hancock recipes live on through Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co.

Hancock Cal_and_Nana Cal Hancock (top right) carries on her grandma's legacy.

Hazel's granddaughter, Cal Hancock, took her grandma's recipes to a whole new level in 2000, building a company that specializes in making these local favorites available nationwide.

Cundy's Harbor Cundy's Harbor in Maine is home to Hancock Gourmet Lobster.

Maine's coast is dotted with fishing communities like Cundy's Harbor. Hancock Gourmet Lobster names their products after their favorite Maine towns and coves.

Hancock Cal and lobster rolls It all starts in their Cundy's Harbor test kitchen.

Cal and her team use local Maine lobsters to perfect the recipes that are passed to their larger production kitchen in nearby Topsham, Maine. All products are made in small batches, using fresh all-natural ingredients and 100% Maine lobster meat.

Cal is the expert on value-added lobster foods. Cal is the expert on value-added lobster foods, representing the tastes of Maine, craved nationwide.

The term "value-added" refers to foods that are prepared before being sold. Taking superb local lobster, and adding the value of all-natural ingredients to create Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese, York Harbor Lobster Risotto, and more.

Each item sold on i love blue sea is a Gold Award Winner at the International Fancy Food Show, known in the industry as the "Oscars" of gourmet foods.

Hancock mac n cheese Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese is Cal's signature dish.

The Food Network's Bobby Flay took notice of Cal Hancock in December 2010, when he challenged her on ">Throwdown! with Bobby Flay to see who's lobster mac & cheese was the best.

We'll let you see for yourself who won the Throwdown, but even then, you might need to do your own taste tests.

This is the New England comfort food we crave -- rich and satisfying, using the unparalleled sweet and briny flavors of Maine lobster meat.

 

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Posted Nov 15th by Danielle