Presented by Got To Be NC
NC Chef Showdown
Find out who will be North Carolina’s Chef of the Year!
Monday, Aug. 21, 6 – 9 p.m.
214 Martin Street and Market Hall
Monday, Aug. 21, the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association will host its second annual NC Chef Showdown presented by Got To Be NC. The competition is a ticketed event that will feature the 16 chefs vying for the titles of “2017 NCRLA Chef of the Year” and “2017 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year.”
The showdown will take place a short walk from the Raleigh Convention Center and the Residence Inn at the combined spaces of 214 Martin Street and Market Hall, in Raleigh’s historic downtown City Market.
Chefs will have the opportunity to represent their restaurant or culinary outlet and flex their culinary muscle as they cook and serve tasting-sized portions throughout the evening. Chefs will be judged by a panel of culinary experts, as well as event attendees.
This year’s chefs on the savory side of the table competing for the title of the 2017 NCRLA Chef of the Year are:
- Chef Thomas Card | Executive Chef | The Counting House Restaurant 21C Hotel in Durham, North Carolina
- Chef Jim Diecchio | Executive Chef | Rocksalt in Charlotte, North Carolina
- Chef Timothy Grandinetti | Executive Chef | Spring House Restaurant Kitchen & Bar in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Chef Matthew Krenz | Executive Chef + Culinary Director | The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina
- Chef Lil Lacassagne | Chef/Ower | Saint Jacques @ Burke Manor Inn in Gibsonville, North Carolina
- Chef Thomas Marlow | Executive Chef | Mimosa Grill in Charlotte, North Carolina
- Chef Scott Ostrander | Executive Chef | The Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina
- Chef Phillip Platoni | Chef De Cuisine | Southminster Continued Care Retirement Community in Charlotte, North Carolina
- Chef Adam Reed | Chef/ Owner | Sante in Matthews, North Carolina
- Chef Scott Schabot | Executive Chef | Cameron Bar and Grill in Raleigh, North Carolina
- Chef Bud Taylor | Chef/Owner | The Bistro Topsail in Surf City, North Carolina
- Chef Alyssa Wilen | Chef/Owner | Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen in Charlotte, North Carolina
And competing to satisfy the collective sweet tooth of the 2017 NC Chef Showdown going for the title of 2017 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year are:
- Chef Julius Kalman | Owner/Pastry Chef | Vidalia in Boone, North Carolina
- Chef Shelby Smith | Pastry Chef | Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- Chef Ann Marie Stefaney | Pastry Chef | Heirloom Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina
- Chef Hannah Woociker | Pastry Che f | Highland Avenue in Hickory, North Carolina
To keep up with all of the action, subscribe to the blog posts at NCChefShowdown.com.
New this year — NCRLA Mixologist of the Year!
NCRLA will also crown a “2017 NCRLA Mixologist of the Year,” as six North Carolina distilleries will be featured with hand-picked bartenders slinging their spirits. Look for the announcement of competing teams of distilleries and mixologists to come in the weeks ahead.
Cost to Attend
Tickets for the 2017 NC Chef Showdown are $125 per person and can be purchased at www.ncrla.org/event/ncchefshowdown. Your ticket includes unlimited tasting-sized portions from all 16 chefs, tasting-sized cocktails from six North Carolina distilleries represented by six of the state’s top mixologists, a chance to vote in the evening’s People’s Choice awards, a selection of wine or beer, a gift bag to take home and an evening of fun, live music and more!
This event is not included in your NCRLExpo badge. Please visit the NCRLA website to purchase your ticket.