Durham Series Teams

Team Captain-Kocina

Captain Ponchos Grill & Kocina Food Truck in Chapel Hill

Team Captain KocinA: Carolina Escobar, JP Murcia & Matthijs Gerritsen

Carolina Escobar was born and raised in Mexico. She learned the traditional art of food culture at a young age. Her knowledge and experience started working at a taco truck in California. Now with her husband Hector they owned “Captain Ponchos” taco truck. Captain Ponchos was born in 2009, bringing the best of Mexican cuisine to the triangle area. Carolina and Hector would like to welcome you to their new location at Southern Village 708 West Market Street, Chapel Hill and are open from 11am to 9pm Monday thru Sunday.

JP Murcia was born in Cali, Colombia with Spanish descent, the owner/operator of this family-run food truck immigrated to the United States in 1991 and soon followed a successful culinary career in  New York City. Chef J.P Murcia moved to North Carolina in 2007 to make a fresh start as The Executive Chef for a major local university, J.P and his long time partner, Kelly, decided to bring the taste of his homeland with dishes that have an artistic and local spin.

2501 Blue Ridge Road Suite G190 Raleigh, NC 27607, Truck: 919.906.6216, Restaurant: 984.200.4289 kocinafoodtruck@gmail.com


Team Curt's Cucina

Curt's Cucina in Southern Pines

Curt Shelvey, Chef and Owner of Curt’s Cucina in Southern Pines N.C. was born and raised in New England from Vermont to Connecticut. He has been in and around restaurants since 10 years of age. Curt spent much of his time growing up in Italian restaurants as a dishwasher and prep cook. He later joined the US Marine Corp after high school and served 4 years then returned back to the kitchen. Chef Shelvey has worked at:  The Cloister Hotel in Sea Island Georgia, Interstate Hotel Corporation and Pinehurst Resort and Country Club. He was also the Coordinator of Culinary Arts at Sandhills Community College. Every person that steps into "Curts Kitchen" can taste his love for culinary in every dish that he serves. 

Ryan Laton is an adjunct culinary professor at Fayetteville Tech and is the Sous Chef at Curt's. 

Matthew Hannon is on the culinary team at Ironwood Restaurant in Pinehurst. Matt has battled in the 2012 Fire in the Triangle series as the chef of Ashten's in Southern Pines.

Team Egg Heads

Another Broken Egg Cafe in Durham

Hailing from Another Broken Egg Cafe, Team Egg Heads consist of Scott Schabot (formerly of Kamado Grille), Keith Calise (formerly of McDaid's on Hillsboro St.) & Tad Balio o formerly of Ruckus and 18 Seaboard.  

Another Broken Egg Cafe located in Durham less than one mile from Interstate 15 or Highway 147 Near Erwin Rd's intersection with Downing Street. Another Broken Egg Cafe offers exceptionally unique creations, ranging from new twists on Eggs Benedict and Gourmet Omelettes to unbelievable Biscuit Beignets, Cinnamon Roll French Toast and so much more.

Team Garnish Nation

Robinson Ferry Restaurant in Warrenton

Michael Ring, formerly of Warren FoodWorks and The Burger Barn, is the general manager, and Angela Whitney, who worked at Robinson Ferry before, runs front of the house and is bar manager. The young couple moved to the mountains the summer of 2015 with plans to return to school. But two weeks later, thanks to Michael’s reputation for flavors and putting new twists on fresh foods, and Angela’s attention to service and friendly personality, they were summoned back to re-open Robinson Ferry.

In addition to Ring, there are four chefs in the kitchen, which is led by energetic Chef de Cuisine A.J. Garrelts, a former executive chef at a Virginia winery whose dishes are long on flavor and presentation. “His food’s out-of-this-world good,” Ring said. “His flavor profile, his experience is awesome, and he has some wine-making experience.”

Garrelts’ No. 2 is Sous Chef David Rose, who formerly lived in Miami, Fla., and brings a Cuban influence to his cooking, Ring said. The only one of the chefs with a culinary school background, Rose is in charge of the burger of the week, including a popular grilled cheese cheeseburger recently on the menu.