The first Fire in the Triangle dining competition kicks off tonight in Raleigh.
Dinner is served at 7 p.m. at 1705 Prime at 1705 E. Millbrook Road.
Fire in the Triangle pits chefs against one another in "Iron Chef-style" battles with a twist – the audience/diners get to eat and vote! And their votes make up 70 percent of the total score, with the judges' panel only counting for 30 percent.
Voting is easy. Diners can scan a QR code and vote on their smartphones. Paper and pencil voting will be available for those who don't have a smartphone.
Tickets for all first round battles, which were $49 per person, sold out fast! Tickets for all other rounds, except for the sold out finale on July 31, can be reserved online.
Here are the rest of the first round match-ups:
June 26: Christopher Hill (The Oxford) vs. Jimmy Reale (Chapel Hill Country Club)
Fire in the Triangle is part of the Got to Be NC competition dining series. The winner from the Triangle will go on to the "final four" to compete against the winners of the Fire on the Rock, Fire on the Dock and Fire in the Triad competitions. The Rock and Dock winners have been selected, and the Triad competition is coming up in August and September. The last chef standing wins $2,000 and the coveted red chef’s jacket. The runner-up will get $500.