North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo

August 27-28, 2018

Charlotte Convention Center


Apple salad

NC Chef Showdown

Presented by Got To Be NC

Find out who will be North Carolina’s Chef of the Year!

NCCSMonday, Aug. 21, 6 – 9 p.m.
214 Martin Street and Market Hall
Downtown Raleigh

Get social with our chefs!

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:

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

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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 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.