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Asian carp cooking demonstrations part of tourney

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BATH -- Several well-known chefs will be traveling to central Illinois to offer demonstrations on how to cook Asian carp. The invasive fish has infested the Illinois and Mississippi rivers in recent years.

The chefs, including Philippe Parola, will serve up a number of recipes involving Asian carp at the Redneck Fishing Tournament in Bath on August 1 and 2. Parola will be joined by Clint Carter from Carter's Fish Market in Springfield and other restaurateurs.

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Tournament officials say economic development officials plan to promote the idea there's a sustainable market for the carp in Illinois.

The idea comes as a processing plant is expected to open soon in Grafton near St. Louis. Peoria-area officials are also exploring the feasibility of an Asian carp processing center.

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