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Mixed Reviews For Asian Carp At Taste

Posted by wlpo on July 12, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) – Chefs at the Taste of Chicago have turned an environmental pest into lunch.

Festival visitors got a chance Wednesday to munch on free sliders made of Asian carp, the invasive species poised to invade the Great Lakes. The verdict? Mike Santay, a 50-year-old Chicagoan, says the slider wasn’t overwhelming fishy, but didn’t taste like chicken either.

Others were even less impressed. Cynthia Brandes called it a “poor man’s crab cake,” adding it would likely be the first and last time it passes her lips.

State officials have been trying to change the perception of the fish, calling it a nutritious food that could become a consumer item.

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