The third round began in the Fire in the Triangle competition, which took place last night at 1705 Prime.
The secret ingredient was cheese!
Guests were treated to a six course meal - three dishes from each chef. Diners and judges were not told which chef made which dish. Voting was done on a dish-by-dish basis via smartphone.
Here's a rundown of the courses:
First course: Goat Lady Chevre Maragrite with Mushroom Sherry Demi, Truffled Yukon Gold Potato Francobolli, Farmer Cheese Sauce & Asparagus (Il Palio)
Second course: Ashe County Mountain Sharp Cheddar & Beer Soup with Country Nehi Grape Sausage, Housemade Cheddar Pretzel & Smoked Farmer Cheese (Weathervane) - Highest scoring dish of the night.
Third course: Quail Breast Medallion with White Balsamic & Shallot Gastrique, Farmer Cheese Potato Gratin, Sharp Mountain Cheddar Balsamella & Fried Shallots (Il Palio)
Fourth course: Braised Veal Cheek Ragu with Seared Sea Scallop, Goat Lady Chevre Grits & Sharp Mountain Cheddar Wafer (Weathervane)
Fifth course: Chevre & Farmer Cheese Cannoli with Sharp Mountain Cheddar Beignet, Summer Fruits & Local Honey (Il Palio)
Sixth course: Sharp Mountain Cheddar Sticky Bun with Farmer Cheese Icing & Apple-Cranberry Compote (Weathervane)
In the end, Payne defeated Rose and will go on to the final round. Here is a look at the third round match-ups:
July 31: The Final Battle: Ryan Payne (Weathervane) vs. July 24 winner
Future rounds are sold out, but keep checking Out & About for recaps of each round.
The Fire in the Triangle website has more on how scores are tabulated.
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.