The 16 chefs competing in the second annual Chef Showdown have been announced and will compete for titles of Chef of Year and Pastry Chef of the Year.
The event, part of the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo, is Monday, Aug. 21, and features chefs from across the state.
Twelve chefs will cook savory entrees while four pastry chefs will make something sweet. They will be judged on taste, appearance, creativity and best use of a North Carolina ingredient.
The dishes will be judged by a panel as well as diners, who will give awards for People’s Choice, Best Use of a North Carolina Product and Most Creative Presentation.
The 12 savory chefs are: Thomas Card, The Counting House Restaurant at the 21c Museum Hotel, Durham; Jim Diecchio, Rocksalt, Charlotte; Timothy Grandinetti, Spring House Restaurant Kitchen & Bar, Winston-Salem; Matthew Krenz, The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel, Charlotte; Lil Lacassagne, Saint Jacques at The Burke Manor Inn, Gibsonville; Thomas Marlow, Mimosa Grill, Charlotte; Scott Ostrander, The Grand Bohemian Hotel, Asheville; Phillip Platoni, Southminster Continued Care Retirement Community, Charlotte; Adam Reed, Sante, Matthews; Scott Schabot, Cameron Bar and Grill, Raleigh; Bud Taylor, The Bistro Topsail, Surf City; and Alyssa Wilen, Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen, Charlotte.
The four pastry chefs are: Julius Kalman, Vidalia, Boone; Shelby Smith, Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery, Chapel Hill; Ann Marie Stefaney, Heirloom Restaurant, Charlotte; and Hannah Woociker, Highland Avenue, Hickory.
Beverages and cocktails will be provided by local mixologists who will be paired with North Carolina distilleries. A mixologist of the year will be named for the first time.
The event is 6 to 9 p.m. at 214 Martin St. in Market Hall at City Market. Tickets can be bought at ncchefshowdown.com.