Final Fire Chefs

Andy Hopper

Chefs 105 in Morehead City, NC

My cooking style is: Simple but effective contemporary American cuisine with a hints of Italian and Spanish influences.


My competitive advantage is the fact that I have travelled 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.

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Ryan Payne

Weathervane in Chapel Hill, NC

My cooking style is:  Local, southern, fresh with worldly influences.

My competitive advantage is:  Our fan base from the Weathervane and A Southern Season.  We will bring an incredible following to our battles and we look forward to the challenge of rising to their expectations throughout the competition.

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George C. Neal

1618 Seafood Grille in Greensboro, NC

My cooking style is: Seafood Fusion

My competitive advantage is:  We are constantly experimenting and developing new menu ideas.  Thinking on the fly and adapting, these are all skills that I've learned during my cooking career and what have allowed my restaurant concepts to become successful over the years.

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