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Competition Dining announces chefs, dates for Raleigh battles

Posted October 2, 2016

Course 5: Winter Spiced Poundcake, Chapel Hill Creamery Calvander Anglaise, Perry Lowe Orchards Apple Confit, Harrell Hill Sorghum Syrup Molasses Whipped Cream, Pomegranate-Apple Coulis

— Officials with the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series just announced the chefs who will compete in the upcoming dinner battles in downtown Raleigh this November.

Six teams of chefs from North Carolina - and several from right here in the Triangle - will compete in five delicious dinner battles between November 11 and 20. Tickets for the battles go on sale Monday, and, if you've never experienced Competition Dining, this is your chance!

This highly-anticipated event invites foodies everywhere to attend the six-course dinner events in downtown Raleigh and serve as judges. During the dinners, the six chef teams who won Competition Dining battles earlier in the year will battle it out in the kitchen while the public gets to savor their meals at a full-service dinner. Guests vote for their favorite dishes throughout the dinner without knowing which chef makes each dish. At the end of each battle, the teams come out from the kitchen, and the winners are crowned.

The six chef teams competing in this upcoming series include:

Friday, Nov. 11 - Team Egg Heads from Durham featuring chefs from Another Broken Egg Café vs. Team Sedgefield Culinary Crushers from Greensboro featuring chefs from Sedgefield Country Club

Saturday, Nov. 12 - Team Ceviche's from Wilmington featuring chefs from Ceviche's vs. Team Vidalia Boom from Winston-Salem featuring chefs from Vidalia Restaurant

Sunday, Nov. 13 - Team Radical Range Riders from Charlotte featuring chefs from various Charlotte restaurants and culinary programs vs. Team Mirepoix from Raleigh featuring chefs from Peak City Grill & Bar, Chef's Palette and Main Street Grille

The winning teams from each of the above competitions will compete the following weekend, Nov. 18 and 20, in one additional battle and one grand finale dinner.

At each dinner, the chef teams are given two featured North Carolina ingredients, revealed to them only an hour before they start cooking that day. The chefs then have to include one, or both, ingredients in each course they create that evening. It's a lot of fun, especially when the surprise ingredients are seemingly crazy combinations like olives and tuna. Have you ever tried a dessert made with olive oil? I did at a battle earlier in the year, and it was delicious - honestly!

Battle Olives & Tuna

“This year’s Battle of Champions is certain to bring dynamic competition and delicious food throughout the five dinner events,” said Jimmy Crippen, Competition Dining Series founder and host. “The level of culinary talent and exceptional creativity in each of our 2016 local series blew us away and we can’t wait to see what these skilled chef teams serve up in the annual championship. Foodies won’t want to miss this ultimate culinary showdown!”

Tickets for the Nov. 11, 12, 13 and 18 battles are $119 each. Tickets for the grand finale battle on Nov. 20, are $139 each.

You can learn more about the event and buy tickets online starting Monday.


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