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Chefs will battle it out in upcoming Cooking for a Classic competition

Teddy Klopf of Provenance is one of 16 chefs competing in the inaugural Cooking for a Classic competition for a chance to win a 1969 Corvette Stingray.
Teddy Klopf of Provenance is one of 16 chefs competing in the inaugural Cooking for a Classic competition for a chance to win a 1969 Corvette Stingray. jleonard@newsobserver.com

Sixteen local and regional chefs are competing in the inaugural Cooking for a Classic competition for a chance to win a 1969 Corvette Stingray.

The new cooking competition is replacing the annual Expressions event, an art-themed dinner at The Umstead Hotel in Cary that raised money for the Lucy Daniels Center. This even also will raise funds for the Raleigh nonprofit, which provides a therapeutic education setting and mental health treatment facility for about 700 children of preschool- through elementary-school age. Organizers are hoping to raise $200,000.

The competition is structured tournament-style, with two chefs compete each night and the winner advancing to the next round until a winner takes home the grand prize. Each chef has to create a three-course small-plate menu plus a signature cocktail, wine or beer pairing for each course. Diners and local celebrity judges will vote for their favorite dishes to determine who advances to the next round.

The dinners will be at 1705 Prime, an event space at 1705 E. Millbrook Road in Raleigh. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased at cookingforaclassic.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a 6:30 seating for each event.

The schedule of first-round chefs’ battles is as follows:

Feb. 20: Dean Thompson of Flights, Raleigh v. Rich Carter of Catering Works, Raleigh

Feb. 21: Donaldo Guzman of Sitti, Raleigh v. Nick Fay of formerly of Busy Bee Cafe, Raleigh

Feb. 22: Scott James of The Angus Barn, Raleigh v. Eric Gephart of Kamado Grille, Raleigh

Feb. 27: Timothy Bocholis of Bistro B Tapas, Kernersville v. Trey Cleveland of Top of The Hill, Chapel Hill

Feb. 28: Clark Barlowe of Heirloom, Charlotte v. James Patterson of Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro

March 1: Jonathan Ballard of Sassool, Raleigh v. Tom Havrish of Lugano Ristorante, Cary

March 6: Adam Pettigrew of Pup’s Steakhouse, Wilson v. Teddy Klopf of Provenance, Raleigh

March 7: Troy Stauffer of City Club Raleigh v. RJ St. John of Bull McCabes, Durham

Additional rounds will be scheduled throughout March.

Info: cookingforaclassic.com

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