July 11, 2016
Joe Fasy might also be nicknamed "Mambo Italiano" for taking tonights featured ingredients of NC Yellowfin Tuna alomg with Olindo Brand Olives & Olive Oil and creating a Tuna Puttanesca garnering 33.865 points. The Hook and Cleaver Market on Broad have strong knife skills and that paid off since the Yellowfin Tuna provided by Pate Dawson-Southern Foods looked like it came straight from an episode of Wicked Tuna. Long Line caught by fishing vessel Mr Fins just 40 miles off the coast of NC south of Wanchese today's Tuna were whole fish and knowing how to fillet definitely came in handy. Hence the butcher part of this story. Rhett Morris of Rhett's Restaurant has an eye for young talent. When building his team he tapped the Sandhills Community College's Hospitality & Culinary Arts program and found 20 year old Renee Beaulieu. Her instructors gave her a crash course in culinary competitions to prepare her for battle. Being Renee's first time creating a dish off the cuff with no recipe to follow, she produces an Olive Oil-Pecan-Cardamom Cake that was the second highest scoring dish of the night, just .133 points below Fasy's Tuna Puttanesca. Hence the bake part of the story. So now, the candlestick maker will finish this off keeping the fire lit for Fuquay-Varina's Finest to compete in the next round of the Got To Be NC Competition Dining Raleigh Series.