Invitation to Apply
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture would like to invite you to apply to become a contestant in Fire on the Rock, part of the “Got To Be NC” Competition Dining Series. In its second year, the series is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, OUR STATE Magazine, Pate Dawson-Southern Foods, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Swisher Hygiene and Certified Angus Beef. The goal of the competition is to promote local North Carolina ingredients and talented chefs from across the state.
The attached application package includes details of the competition, in addition to a short application form. We invite you to also explore the various web and social media outlets listed below, as well as the press generated by our competitions this past year: Fire on the Rock, Fire on the Dock, Fire in the Triangle, Fire in the Triad, and Final Fire. The Competition Dining Series has been featured in several regional lifestyle magazines and a number of local newspapers, TV, and radio stations. In addition, the series has received sustained coverage from many influential food critics and dining bloggers around the state.
We encourage chefs to apply for the opportunity to show off their skills, market their restaurants, and celebrate North Carolina ingredients with the local dining public. A panel made up of contest organizers and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture will select the competitors. Special emphasis is placed on a demonstrated passion for incorporating local ingredients into restaurant menus. Applications must be received via fax by February 22nd to be considered. Click here to download the Fire on the Rock Application.
The “Got To Be NC” Competition Dining Series actively assists the Office of the State Fire Marshal with fire prevention education. Kitchen fires are the number one cause of home fires, and our goal is to educate the public and support our local fire fighters.