Raleigh, N.C. — The Got to Be NC Competition Dining series is changing things up this year.
After expanding into South Carolina last year, the series is taking it back to the Tar Heel state for all battles. There will be six cities, including Raleigh and Durham, hosting competitions.
Another change, the three-member teams competing don't necessarily have to come from the same restaurant. The only requirement is that team members are professional employed by, or in business as, a food service establishment. This opens the door for chefs from multiple restaurants to form "Dream Teams."
Durham, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Wilmington will host four team brackets. Raleigh and Charlotte will host two brackets of four teams.
Here's a list of the host cities and dates for battles:
- Durham at Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus - April 18, 19 and 21
- Winston-Salem at Benton Convention Center - May 23, 24 and 26
- Greensboro at The Empire Room - June 13, 14 and 16
- Raleigh at 214 Martin Street - First bracket: July 11, 12 and 14; Second bracket: July 18, 19 and 21. Final Battle: July 24 (Winner gets bye in Battle of Champions)
- Charlotte at Bonterra Dining and Wine Room - First bracket: Aug. 15, 16 and 18; Second bracket Aug. 22, 23 and 25. Final Bracket: Aug. 28 (Winner gets by in Battle of Champions)
- Wilmington at Bluewater Waterfront Grill - Sept. 19, 20 and 22
- Battle of Champions (Venue TBA) - A six team bracket to be held in October
If you are a chef interested in competing, applications are being accepted now on the Competition Dining website. Applications are due by March 10.
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.