Trendhunter Lifestyle: Sustainable Seafood Bowls

Scott & Jon’s Pasta and Noodle Bowls Feature Protein-Packed Shrimp

Scott & Jon’s creates a variety of rice- and noodle-based seafood bowls that are made with sustainably sourced shrimp and come in at less than 300 calories. The comforting and convenient microwavable bowls are offered in unique varieties like Sweet Chipotle and Jambalaya that help to fill a void for high-quality, on-the-go seafood options. 

These nourishing, low-calorie seafood bowls are packed with vegetables, shrimp as a source of protein and flavorful combinations of spices to create meals that are altogether exciting and healthy. These frozen seafood meals take only a few minutes to make straight from the freezer, offering a virtually effortless way to fuel the body with ingredients that are high-quality, fresh and sustainable.

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Cheating Gourmet Rebrands to Scott & Jon’s

Premium frozen seafood product maker Cheating Gourmet has rebranded to Scott & Jon’s. Named after co-founders and brothers Scott and Jon Demers, the rebrand includes a fresh packaging design, and a new line of pasta, and noodle bowls. The new bowl products follow in the footsteps of the company’s shrimp and rice bowls by featuring sustainably-sourced shrimp and are all under 300 calories.

Scott & Jon’s Shrimp Rice Bowls are available in seven flavors including: Garlic Butter, Creamy Parmesan, Coconut, Jambalaya, Shrimp Risotto, Sweet Chipotle, and Cilantro Lime. Shrimp Noodle Bowls are available in Ramen and Spicy Ramen. Shrimp Pasta Bowls are available in Shrimp Alfredo and Shrimp Scampi. 

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The Buzz: Auburn Brothers are on the Box, Keeps Growing

This week the Buzz is so. Over. The. Snow. Let’s celebrate rice bowls and potholes, instead.

The back of the new box for Scott & Jon’s shrimp scampi pasta bowl. The Auburn brothers recently rebranded their Cheating Gourmet frozen food line, naming it after themselves and including a bit about themselves on the packaging. Submitted photo

Auburn natives Scott and Jon Demers launched their frozen food careers in 2012 with Crabbies, a cheesy crab meat ode to their grandmother, and two years later renamed their company Cheating Gourmet as they expanded the line and entered more stores.

Now, the brothers are on the box, they have renamed the company and they are nearly doubling their local workforce after attracting another round of capital investment.

The newly rebranded Scott & Jon’s is still headquartered in Auburn and has seven employees, with immediate plans to hire five more, Scott Demers said Monday.

Last year, the company raised more than $2 million, according to a story on, and it raised another $800,000 last month, according to a story in Mainebiz.

The brothers remain majority owners with the titles of co-founder and co-president. The two investments allowed them to expand their market, according to Scott.Advertisement

“We are now sold in almost every state,” he said. “There are many examples of growth almost on a weekly basis. Not only are we launching into great new retailers, like Target, we are increasing the number of offerings in each store.”

They changed the name, Scott said, to better “tell the story of the company, our history and our values.”

“We put a brief excerpt of who we are and our story on the back of each box,” he said.

“We are constantly innovating new items and flavors,” he added. “Our goal is to be the No. 1 frozen seafood entree brand in the country.”

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Cheating Gourmet Rebrands, Launches New Frozen Meals

Cheating Gourmet – a manufacturer of frozen seafood products – has recently revealed it is rebranding to Scott & Jon’s.

Now named after co-founders and brothers, Scott and Jon Demers, the company has also unveiled a fresh new look and a new line of pasta & noodles bowls. The noodles come in Ramen and Spicy Shrimp Ramen flavors, while the pasta meals are available in Shrimp Alfredo and Shrimp Scampi.

“Rebranding with our own names was our way of connecting with our customers, family-to-family. We are deeply committed to producing quality products that support the needs of today’s busy family. There’s no better way to demonstrate that commitment than by having our names on every package,” said Co-Founder Scott Demers.

Inspired by the “Everyday seafood made easy” mantra, Cheating Gourmet was established by the Demers brothers who recognized the lack of high-quality, on-the-go seafood options. With convenience in mind, they first introduced a line of microwavable shrimp and rice bowls in seven flavors including Garlic Butter, Creamy Parmesan, Coconut, Jambalaya, Shrimp Risotto, Sweet Chipotle, and Cilantro Lime.  All of the company’s meals contain sustainably-sourced shrimp and are all under 300 calories.

“We use only the best ingredients – fresh vegetables, protein-rich shrimp and the perfect blend of spices to create a meal that is comforting and most importantly healthy,” Demers revealed.

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5 Frozen Fish Dinners to Buy for Busy Weeknights

Chances are you know the statistics about our seafood consumption—it’s pretty poor. Seafood really is quite good for you and that’s the main reason we should be eating more of it. It’s a lean protein, it’s usually fairly low in calories, and, when you choose an oiler, fattier variety, it delivers health-promoting omega-3s.

“Seafood offers a lot of quality nutrition—it’s a great source of protein, zinc, selenium, and other vitamins and minerals. It’s also low in saturated fat so it’s heart healthy! Capitalize on the healthfulness of it and swap it out for other animal proteins twice a week,” says Chris Mohr, PhD, RD, of

But most of us don’t instinctively turn to seafood for dinner (ahem, the phrase is, after all, “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.”) because we’re too intimidated to cook it. A fish fillet isn’t as forgiving to an honest cooking mistake as a piece of chicken or some beef. And if that fish stinks up the house, well then you’ve completely lost at getting the family to gather around the table.

We have a solution for you, though: frozen fish dinners! There are some downright delicious options in the freezer aisle of your grocery store these days, and they take a lot of the guesswork out of cooking that fish just right.

We shopped the frozen food section for you and tested what we found to bring you this list of healthy favorites. (We were mindful of calories and sodium.)

So, let’s go—up your seafood eating and aim for that recommended two servings a week!

Scott & Jon’s

These rice, pasta, and noodle bowl meals transform raw, frozen (sustainably sourced) shrimp into a super-succulent protein after only a few minutes in the microwave. The bowls are calorie-conscious, clocking in right around 300 calories, yet quite filling and hover around 600mg of sodium for the entire meal (as does Lean Cuisine). High on our list was the Garlic Butter Shrimp Rice flavor.

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Ten products to whet the appetite for Seafood Expo North America

With Seafood Expo North America on the horizon, it’s time for a delicious deep dive into the latest – and often novel – seafood launches of the year ahead. Whether you’re looking for something new to try, or want to up your lunch game, here’s what to look for should you find yourself in Boston from 17-19 March.

Because ready meals can be fancy too

Scott & Jon’s (by Cheating Gourmet) Shrimp Jambalaya Rice Bowl: the company started when two brothers wanted to bring a family recipe to the market. Since then, they’re trying to corner the market for on-the-go lunches and convince us that we deserve more than a sad salad. Their rice bowls contain phosphate free shrimp, are less than 300 calories, and are gluten free. They’re also ready in four minutes.

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After investment, Cheating Gourmet rebrands as Scott & Jon’s

Fresh off another run to the finals of the Seafood Excellence Awards, presented on Sunday, 17 March at Seafood Expo North America in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., frozen seafood company Cheating Gourmet is undergoing a rebranding.

The Auburn, Maine, based company will now be called Scott and Jon’s, after Cheating Gourmet Co-Owners Scott and Jon Demers. The company did not provide additional information as to the reasons for the name change.

Even with the name change, the company remains a constant presence in the finals of the Seafood Excellence Awards competition, where it has featured prominently in the past. This year, the company’s Shrimp Ramen Noodle Bowl was a finalist in the “Best New Retail Product” category in the contest, which annually judges new seafood products based on several criteria, including uniqueness and appropriateness to the market, taste profile, market potential, convenience, nutritional value and originality.

While the company did not win the grand prize, judges praised the Shrimp Ramen Noodle Bowl’s nutrition profile and convenience. It is part of a four-item line released by the firm at the expo, which includes a Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Bowl, a Shrimp Scampi Pasta Bowl, a Shrimp Ramen Noodle Bowl, and a Spicy Shrimp Ramen Noodle Bowl. The products expand on Cheating Gourmet’s flagship line of gourmet frozen shrimp and rice bowls. 

“We are honored to be a finalist in the best new retail products category,” Scott Demers said. “We were very intentional when developing our new products. People love shrimp. So, we chose to innovate around the base grain and decadent flavor profiles, while staying true to our mission of expanding access to healthy, convenient seafood.” 

The concentration on shrimp bowls comes partially in response to encouragement from Arbel Growth Partners, which in May 2018 announced it invested more than USD 1.3 million (EUR 1.1 million) in Cheating Gourmet, according to Nosh. Cheating Gourmet raised an additional USD 800,000 (EUR 705,000) from recently established equity firm Arbel Growth Partners, according to Nosh.

Arbel Growth Partners Director Carl Lee told Nosh he saw great opportunity in the company.

“There’s an opportunity here to build a national brand,” Lee said. “The seafood category needed some high-quality options and this is exactly what this is … I think we are bringing value to the consumers, value to the retailers, and will help grow an already established category.”

Scott Demers said he and his brother back Lee’s idea and will use the new capital injection to scale up growth. That includes four new shrimp bowl flavors – jambalaya, coconut, parmesan, and risotto, and a tripling of distribution.

“You look at the category and there was nothing in there that brought a new life or that was innovative or spoke to today’s consumers,” Scott Demers told Nosh.

He said younger consumers were looking for products like those made by Scott and Jon’s, which focus on convenience and new flavors.

“There is a lack of knowledge of how to prepare seafood. It’s just something that a lot of younger people don’t know how to do,” he said. “So the secret success here is a healthy item that is also super-convenient. Bringing those two together has been a magic formula for us.”

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