Thursday, May 14, 2015

Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Unveils Triad Series Featuring 16 Chef

Statewide Chef Competition Moves to Winston-Salem Starting May 26

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, will pit 16 highly competitive chefs against each other in its upcoming regional tournament in the Triad. For the first time in competition history, the local series will be held in Winston-Salem. All of the 15 interactive battles will be hosted at the Benton Convention Center from May 26 through July 7, and tickets are now available at www.competitiondining.com/events/triad.

In every Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series dinner event, two chef teams battle it out preparing three courses each centered on a featured North Carolina ingredient that is revealed only an hour before they start cooking that day. Ticketed dinner guests savor a full-service, six-course meal without knowing which chef prepared which dishes. Unlike any other cooking competition, attendees vote on each course using a free app, and ultimately help determine who moves on to the next battle round and who goes home.

Series competitors are randomly assigned to brackets. The Triad preliminary match-up battles include:

“We’re excited to be going to Winston-Salem and really impressed by the level of culinary talent in the competition this year,” said Jimmy Crippen, Competition Dining Series founder and host. “We have chefs from Winston-Salem, Greensboro and across the state. They’ll all face off in what I know will be one of the most fun, competitive and delicious tournaments for everyone involved.”

During 2015, the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series is hosting bracketed tournaments in three regions of the state: Raleigh, Winston-Salem, and two brackets in Charlotte. For the first time ever, the tournament will also host a bracket in South Carolina, which will be held in Greenville this summer. The five winners each receive a grand prize of $2,000, a handmade chef knife by Ironman Forge and the coveted “Red Chef Jacket” provided by ALSCO.  Additionally, all five move on to compete in the battle of champions at the end of the year.

All Triad events are held at the Benton Convention Center located at 301 W 5th Street in Winston-Salem. Tickets range from $55 to $75, excluding beverage, tax and service fee. Guests can attend as many dinners as they like and tickets must be purchased by midnight the day before a battle. Reservations are open now at www.competitiondining.com/events/triad.

About Competition Dining Series
The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series has hosted annual chef tournaments throughout North Carolina for years with the goal of celebrating local products and agriculture, and showcasing the culinary ingenuity and talent across the state. It is sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Pate Dawson-Southern Foods, Certified Angus Beef®, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, ALSCO, NC Egg Association, Hits Technology and Joyce Farms. For the first time ever, Competition Dining will expand outside North Carolina in 2015 with a new series in Greenville, South Carolina. For more information, visit www.competitiondining.com or get in on the conversation at www.facebook.com/competitiondining and @CompDiningNC on Twitter or Instagram.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Unveils Dual-Bracket Charlotte Series Featuring 24 Chefs

Statewide Chef Competition Comes Back to the Queen City Starting March 22

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, will pit 24 highly competitive chefs against each other in its upcoming dual-bracket regional tournament. For the first time in competition history, the local series will feature two separate brackets that will each name a champion. All of the 22 interactive battles will be hosted in Charlotte from March 22 through May 19, and tickets are now available at www.competitiondining.com/events/city.  

In every Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series dinner event, two chef teams battle it out preparing three courses each centered on a featured North Carolina ingredient that is revealed only an hour before they start cooking that day. Ticketed dinner guests savor a full-service, six-course meal without knowing which chef prepared which dishes. Unlike any other cooking competition, attendees vote on each course using a free app, and ultimately help determine who moves on to the next battle round and who goes home.

Charlotte series competitors were randomly assigned to the two brackets. Eight returning competitors received a bye to automatically advance to the second round. The preliminary match-up battles include:

Bracket One:
Bracket Two:
“This year’s Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series’ City tournament brings some exciting new surprises thanks to the impressive level of culinary talent in the area and overwhelming interest we received from some of the most competitive chefs in the state,” said Jimmy Crippen, Competition Dining Series founder and host. “We’re thrilled to debut our first-ever double-header bracket in Charlotte and share even more of our fun, interactive culinary experiences. With an additional seven events this year, more people will see for themselves that the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series is unlike any other dinner experience in the country!”

During 2015, the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series is hosting bracketed tournaments in three regions of the state: Raleigh, Winston-Salem, and the two brackets in Charlotte. The winner of each receives a grand prize of $2,000, a handmade chef knife by Ironman Forge and the coveted “Red Chef Jacket.” Additionally, all four winners move on to compete in the battle of champions at the end of the year.

All Charlotte events are held at Bonterra Dining & Wine Room, located at 1829 Cleveland Ave in Charlotte. Tickets to attend a preliminary battle cost $55 each, excluding beverage, tax and service fee. Tickets to attend a quarterfinal, semifinal or final battle (scheduled April 12 through May 19) range from $59 to $75 each, excluding beverage, tax and service fee. Guests can attend as many dinners as they like and tickets must be purchased by midnight the day before a battle. Reservations are open now at www.competitiondining.com/events/city.

About The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series
The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series is sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Pate Dawson-Southern Foods, Certified Angus Beef®, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Libbey, ALSCO, NC Egg Association, Hits Technology, Joyce Farms and local partners in each region of the state. The goal of the series is to celebrate local North Carolina products and agriculture, and to showcase the culinary ingenuity and talent across the state. For more information, visit www.competitiondining.com or get in on the conversation at www.facebook.com/competitiondining and @CompDiningNC on Twitter or Instagram.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Reveals Chefs and Brackets for 2015 Triangle Tournament

Statewide Chef Competition Comes to Raleigh Offering 15 Fun, Interactive Dinner Events Starting Jan. 19

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, will pit 16 of North Carolina’s most competitive chefs against each other in the upcoming Triangle events. The series includes 15 dinner experiences in which two chefs battle it out and diners from the community and across the state serve as judges for a blind six-course meal. Tickets to the interactive dinner battles, which take place Jan. 19 through March 2 in Raleigh, are available now at http://www.competitiondining.com/events/2015-triangle.

Chefs from across the state applied to take part in the competition and final participants were selected based on culinary talent, menu development experience, training, personality, proven creativity and more. The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series’ Triangle chefs and preliminary match-up battles include:

First-Round Brackets      

In every Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series event battle, the two participating chefs each prepare three courses centered on a secret or featured ingredient that comes from a North Carolina farmer or artisan producer. Featured ingredients are revealed to the chefs only an hour before they start cooking that day and must be used in every course.

At the dinner events, ticketed guests savor the combined six courses without knowing which chef prepared each. Alongside culinary and guest judges, diners rate the dishes using an interactive app, ultimately determining who moves on to the next round and who goes home.

“This year’s Triangle tournament features an exciting lineup of chefs who are sure to impress foodies throughout the region,” said Jimmy Crippen, Competition Dining Series founder and host. “The competition’s interactive dinner events connect communities and foster a dynamic atmosphere to celebrate North Carolina’s culinary talents and agriculture – because we are all chefs, farmers or diners. At the battles you’ll see families, loved ones and friends both new and old socializing and debating, while people at home are following along through live Tweets (using the hashtag #CompDiningNC). The innovative culinary creations and passion that emerges as locals cheer on their hometown favorites is what makes each dinner just as exciting as the last.”

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series is unlike any other dinner experience in the country. It hosts three regional tournaments throughout the year, including the surrounding markets for Raleigh, Charlotte and Winston-Salem. For 2015, some of the most competitive chefs from around the state will compete until a final winner emerges in each area.

At stake in each regional series is a grand prize of $2,000, a handmade chef knife by Ironman Forge and the coveted “Red Chef Jacket.” Additionally, all regional winners move on to compete in the battle of champions at the end of the year.

Along with the preliminary battles listed previously, Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series’ Triangle events include:

Quarterfinals
  • Feb. 9 Dinner: Jan. 19 winner versus Jan. 20 winner 
  • Feb. 10 Dinner: Jan. 21 winner versus Jan. 26 winner
  • Feb. 16 Dinner: Jan. 27 winner versus Jan. 28 winner
  • Feb. 17 Dinner: Feb. 2 winner versus Feb. 3 winner

Semifinals
  • Feb. 23 Dinner: Feb. 9 winner versus Feb. 10 winner
  • Feb. 24 Dinner: Feb. 16 winner versus Feb. 17 winner

Final Battle (Triangle championship event)
  • March 2 Dinner: Feb. 23 winner versus Feb. 24 winner

All Triangle events are held at 1705 Prime, located at 1705 E. Millbrook in Raleigh. Tickets to attend a preliminary battle cost $55 each and tickets for a quarterfinal battle are $59 each, excluding beverage, tax and service fee. Tickets to attend a semifinal battle cost $69 each and tickets for the final competition are $75 each, excluding beverage, tax and service fee. Community members can attend as many dinners as they like. Reservations are open now at www.competitiondining.com.

About The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series is sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Pate Dawson-Southern Foods, Certified Angus Beef®, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Hits Technology and local partners in each region of the state. The goal of the series is to celebrate local North Carolina products and agriculture, and to showcase the culinary ingenuity and talent across the state. For more information, visit www.competitiondining.com or get in on the conversation at www.facebook.com/competitiondining and @CompDiningNC on Twitter or Instagram.