Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill announces the third chef at the restaurant: Asheville chef Justin Burdett. He replaces chef Bill Smith, who took over from founder Bill Neal. Both helped elevate Southern cooking to the national dining radar.
Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, NC, is known for Southern dishes like shrimp and grits and Atlantic Beach Pie. The owner is selling the restaurant to bartender Gary Crunkleton, and chef Bill Smith is taking on a new role.
James Beard-nominated chef Scott Crawford is opening Crawford Brothers steakhouse in Cary’s Wegmans-anchored Fenton development. This is his third restaurant, after Crawford & Son and the upcoming Jolie.
Celebrity chef Carla Hall, best known for Bravo’s “Top Chef” and ABC talk show “The Chew,” joins Chapel Hill food festival TerraVita. This is the ninth annual TerraVita, celebrating chefs from North Carolina’s Triangle and the Southeast.