Northern Maine Community College chef Rob Ottaviano has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the World’s Best Lobster Roll competition to be held at this summer’s Down East Lobster Roll Festival. Dozens of lobster roll restaurants and vendors from across the country applied for the competition and 12 semi-finalists were selected, including NMCC. Ottaviano will be competing against the finest seafood restaurants in Maine as well as Los Angeles, Arizona, Utah and New York City. Each semi-finalist must make 250 lobster rolls for attendees to sample in order to vote for their favorite. The top three finalists go on to the main stage where expert judges will crown the winner. The festival will take place on Saturday, July 8 at Thompsons’s Point in Portland. The winner will enjoy the title of “World’s Best Lobster Roll 2017,” a trophy and a one-page congratulatory ad in Down East magazine.