May 15, 2014

Fire in the Triangle brackets set, tickets on sale

The Got to Be N.C. Competition Dining Series’ Fire in the Triangle contest starts June 23.

The brackets for the upcoming Fire in the Triangle competition dining events were announced Thursday. Tickets are now on sale.

The Got to Be N.C. Competition Dining Series pits chefs against one another in five regional contests. Other regional competitions have been or will be held in Asheville, Charlotte, Wilmington and the Triad.

The Fire in the Triangle contest starts June 23. For each dinner, two chefs each spend a day designing and cooking a three-course meal incorporating a secret North Carolina ingredient that is revealed to them earlier that day. In the past, secret ingredients have included blueberries, sweet potatoes and fish. Guests don’t know who cooked each course and vote for their favorites. Seventy percent of the vote comes from the regular diners, while 30 percent of the vote is determined by a handful of professional judges (previous winners, food writers, food bloggers, etc.).

The Triangle winner will compete against other regional winners in a statewide final, which will be held in Raleigh later this year. Each regional winner will take home $2,000, a handmade chef knife made by Ironman Forge and a red chef’s jacket.

Tickets for these dinners sell out quickly, especially for the final round, so book sooner rather than later.

Here’s the lineup:

June 23: Dean Thompson of Flights in Raleigh v. Joseph Yarnell of Cantina 18 in Raleigh.

June 24: John Childers of Herons in Cary v. Scott Jankovictz of The Station in Raleigh.

June 25: Spencer Carter of Weathervane in Chapel Hill v. Nunzio Scordo of Driftwood Southern Kitchen in Raleigh.

June 30: Christopher Hill of The Oxford in Raleigh v. Younes Sabouh of City Kitchen in Chapel Hill.

July 1: Serge Falcoz-Vigne of 518 West in Raleigh v. James Clark of Carolina Crossroads in Chapel Hill

July 2: Peter Spear of Pup’s Steakhouse in Wilson v. Adam Jones of Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar in Cary.

July 7: Sean Fowler of Mandolin in Raleigh v. Steve Zanini of Jimmy V’s Steakhouse & Tavern in Cary.

July 8: Regan Stachler of Little Hen in Apex v. Beth Littlejohn of Coquette Brasserie in Raleigh.

All the Triangle dinners are held at Rocky Top Hospitality’s event space, 1705 Prime on Millbrook Road.

The quarterfinals will be July 14-15 and July 21-22. Semifinals will be July 28-29. The final battle will be Aug. 4.

Tickets to the six-course blind-tasting dinner in the preliminary and quarterfinals cost $74.78 each. Tickets for the semifinals and the final round cost $87.46.

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