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Competition Dining announces Durham teams

Posted April 4, 2016

Competition Dining NC

— The teams have been revealed for Competition Dining's series in Durham. This is the first year that the Bull City will be hosting these "Iron Chef-style" battles.

Here's a breakdown of the teams who will be competing and when:

  • April 18: Food trucks Captain Ponchos and Kocina vs. Curt's Cucina restaurant from Southern Pines
  • April 19: Team Egg Heads (chefs from Another Broken Egg Cafe) vs. Team Garnish Nation (chefs from Robinson Ferry restaurant in Warrenton)
  • April 21: April 18 winner vs. April 19 winner

Dinners will be held at Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus. Tickets are on sale now.

The winner of the Durham series will go on to the Battle of Champions in October.

The Raleigh series will be held in July.

What is Competition Dining?

The series pits chefs against one another in "Iron Chef-style" battles with a twist – the audience/diners get to eat and vote. The diners and nightly celebrity judges help choose the winners each evening and ultimately who will take home the title in each city.

Voting is done through smartphones. Diners just download the Competition Dining app on their phones and scan a QR code. Paper and pencil voting is also available for those who don't have a smartphone. You vote on each course, but have no idea what chef made which dish.

The format for the competition is simple: Chefs arrive to venues around noon on competition day. They find out the secret ingredient and must get to work with their team to create three courses featuring that ingredient. They all have access to the same pantry and the same ingredients. They are also prohibited from making anything from their restaurants.


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