Raleigh, N.C. — The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series has announced the the brackets for its Battle of the Champions.
The dinners will be held Oct. 28-31 at the Renaissance Hotel at North Hills in Raleigh.
The five chefs competing randomly drew knives to determine the bracket and the schedule.
Schedule for Battle of the Champions:
Wednesday, Oct. 28: Ryan Conklin, Rex Healthcare (Raleigh, North Carolina) vs. Joseph Cornett, The Flipside Café (Fort Mill)
Thursday, Oct. 29: Richard Miller, Graze (Winston-Salem, North Carolina) vs. Oct. 28 winner
Friday, Oct. 30: Todd Warden, The Cliffs Valley (Greenville) vs. Brent Martin, The Summit Room (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Saturday, Oct. 31: Oct. 29 winner vs. Oct. 30 winner
Each competing chef won regional tournaments to advance to this final round. Conklin is representing the Triangle.
The championship dinners will be the same as the regional competitions - two chef teams preparing three courses centered on a featured ingredient that comes from a regional farmer or artisan producer. Featured ingredients are revealed to the chefs the morning of the dinner event and must be used in each course. Diners will help determine the winner through interactive voting on-site.
The winning team will receive a grand prize of $4,000 cash, two handmade chef knives by Ironman Forge and a trip to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, California, compliments of Kikkoman and the Pro Chef Program.
Tickets to attend the first three battles are $129, and $149 for the final championship battle. Prices exclude beverage, tax and service fees.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at Competition Dining website. These dinners typically sell out quick, so grab tickets early.