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    Dishing It Out

    Chef Michael Foreman gives instructions

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    Opening Salvo

    Secret Ingredient: St. Dominic's Honey!

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    The Hungry Troops

    Ready for the next course

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    The Meat of the Battle

    Creativity is the name of the game

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    The Field Marshal

    Emcee Jimmy Crippen announces the winner

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    The Battle Wagon

    Honk if you see us on the road!

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    Women on the Line

    Chef Jessica Grogan fields the first all-female team

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    Quiet on the Front

    The calm before the storm

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    Parting Shot

    Chef John Fortes clinches victory with a trio of desserts

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    The Secret Ingredient

    Chris Murray of Sunset Farms harvesting local products

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    The Chef Refs


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 8 to 15 dinner competitions hosted in five regions of the state throughout the year. Each evening, two restaurants battle it out side by side 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 a "Mystery" North Carolina ingredient. The ingredient is revealed to the chefs at noon the day of their battle and it must be used in each of their three courses.

Here’s the twist: 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.” Wilmington, Asheville, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Charlotte host this year’s high-pressure series. Each regional champion will move on to the Final Fire-Battle of Champions in November. Tickets for each regional preliminary round cost $74.78 ($59 plus tax and service, excludes beverages). Tickets for regional semifinal and final rounds are $87.46 ($69 plus tax and service, excludes 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, click on the individual event links to the right.

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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