Raleigh, N.C. — After a very successful first season, the Fire in the Triangle dining competition is coming back this summer and you can start buying tickets on Tuesday.
The series pits 16 Triangle 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 night and ultimately who will take home the Fire in the Triangle title.
Voting is easy. Diners just download the Competition Dining app on their smartphones and scan a QR code. Paper and pencil voting is also available for those who don't have a smartphone.
The format for the competition is simple: Chefs arrive to 1705 Prime, 705 E. Millbrook Road in Raleigh, the site for all battles, around noon on competition day. They find out the secret ingredient and must get to work with their two assistants 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.
Their menus are due by 3:30 p.m. and diners start arriving at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is served around 7 p.m.
So you get six courses, which usually includes two desserts (most chefs do desserts for the final course).
Tickets for all first round battles are $49 per person and can be reserved online.
It a single-elimination contest with the first dinner on July 8. The Fire in the Triangle winner will be crowned on Aug. 19.
The chef match-ups will be announced on June 24.
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.
Last year, Weathervane's Ryan Payne took home the Final Fire crown.
And one more thing about this year - WRAL's Out and About is the official blogger for Fire in the Triangle! That means we will have exclusive content, interviews, recaps, photos and more from each matchup. You can also follow us on Twitter at @WRALOutandAbout for live updates during each dinner.