Fire on the Dock took a break last week as we crowned our winner in the High Country, but the battles in Wilmington resume tomorrow. Good luck to our chefs this week!
On Tuesday night, Chef Andy Hopper from Chefs 105 will battle Chef Jacob Hilbert from Manna. Chef Hopper describes his competitive advantage as "the fact that I have traveled the country and overseas to study at some of the greatest restaurants including The Four Seasons Resort and Troon North in Scottsdale, and the acclaimed Spiaggia Restaurant in Chicago. I am also a multiple-time winner of several local culinary competitions." When asked about the local ingredients Chef Hilbert likes to use, he replied, "Anything available that we can get our hands on! We incorporate local produce, charcuterie, meats, seafood, and specialty goods into our dishes."
|Chef Jacob Hilbert|
|Chef Andy Hopper|
Wednesday night, Chef Silvierio "Smokey" Masters from Pine Valley Market will compete against Chef Gerry Fong from Persimmons. According to Chef Masters, his competitive advantage is "how quick I am on my feet in the kitchen. As a caterer, I know how to adapt to many different situations quickly and with success." Chef Fong describes his cooking style as "an intricate twist of my Chinese ancestry and Southern NC upbringing. I use classical French technique to bring flavors together"
|Chef Gerry Fong|
|Chef Silvierio "Smokey" Masters|