The Maine Lobster Promotion Council has begun accepting lobster recipes from chefs and other culinary enthusiasts for its 2011 Lobster Chef of the Year competition. Once the recipes are submitted, a panel of culinary experts will choose three finalists.

The winner will be crowned in October, when an audience will cast votes at the Harvest on the Harbor food festival in Portland after sampling the three finalists’ dishes.

Kelly Patrick Farrin of the Azure Café in Freeport won the 2010 title with his herb grilled lobster tail on arugula white chive ricotta gnocchi and corn milk.

The deadline for this year’s entries is June 30.

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