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.
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Tickets for these dinners sell out quickly, especially for the final round, so book sooner rather than later.
Here’s the lineup:
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.
To buy tickets, go to competitiondining.com.