1. Welcome to Competition Dining

  2. An Interactive Dining Experience

  3. Two Chefs

    Head to Head Competition

  4. You Be The Judge!

    with Digital Voting

  5. 2014 State Champions

    Chef Jon Fortes & team win it all!

  6. Put to the Test

    Chef Chris Hill prepares his next dish

  7. Settling the Score

  8. The Host

    Jimmy Crippen entertains the audience

  9. The Mobile Pantry

    Stocked with local Got to be NC products

  10. The Chef Refs

  11. Toasting the Evening

    and an unforgettable dining experience

  12. Deliciousness


The “Got To Be NC” Competition Dining Series is unlike any other dinner experience in the country! Taste course-by-course during a series of 15 dinner competitions hosted in three regions of the state throughout the year. Each evening, two restaurants battle it out in a single elimination, blind dinner format. As our guest, you get to savor a six-course menu (three courses from each chef without knowing whose food you’re tasting) created around featured North Carolina ingredients. The ingredients are revealed to the chefs at noon the day of their battle and it must be used in each of their three courses.

YOU BE THE JUDGE! Diners will rate each dish and determine who moves to the next round and who goes home. At stake in each series is a grand prize of $2,000 and the coveted “Red Chef Jacket.” This year, Raleigh, Charlotte and Winston-Salem host the high-pressure series. Each regional champion will move on to the Final Fire-Battle of Champions in November. Tickets for each regional preliminary round start at $55 plus tax and service, excluding beverages. Pick your battles and join us for as many dinners as you like. Be sure to purchase tickets early as battles fill up fast. For more information on each series or to purchase tickets today.

Sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Pate Dawson-Southern Foods, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Certified Angus Beef and local partners in each region of the state. 

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