Chef brings plan for Asian Carp processing plant to Henry

By Chad Weber

April 21, 2014 Updated Apr 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM CDT

HENRY, Ill. -- A world renowned chef stopped in Central Illinois Monday night to serve up what he's calling a solution to the Asian Carp problem in the Illinois River.

Chef Philippe Parola has been working for the past five years on developing a strategy to solve the Asian Carp problem.

Monday night he came to Henry with his solution: to build a processing plant along the river.

Part of the plan is to re-brand the invasive fish under the name "Silverfin."

If the town bites, the plan could bring up to 150 jobs in the first five years.

"It's gonna be job creation," said |Chef Philippe Parola. "It's gonna be a serious economic impact. It's gonna be resolving the problem that everybody is facing here for sure. Everybody knows the problem. Very few have tried the fish that I know."

"If they're expecting a kind of river flavored chewy fish, it's not," said treasurer of the Henry Chamber of Commerce Joyce Wood. "Very tasty."

Chef Parola presented his plan to the city council and mayor over a sampling dish of his "Silverfin".

We'll keep you updated on this story as it progresses.