Raleigh and Durham to host separate Got to Be NC Dining contests

So the annual Got to Be NC Dining Competition is changing things up this year.

First, the Triangle will be split into two separate contests: one in Durham in April and another in Raleigh in July.

Second, the other key change to this year’s contest: this year’s culinary teams can comprised of three members from one restaurant or from three separate establishments. The only requirement is that team members are professionally employed by, or in business as, foodservice establisments.

The organizers noted the new rule “will be less taxing on the labor force of any one given establishment by only requiring one member to be out of the kitchen to participate in a battle.”

Here’s how the event works: Two chefs cook a three-course meal using a secret ingredient revealed to them a few hours before they start cooking for that evening’s dinner. Diners taste and rate the six courses without knowing which chef prepared which dish. Along with scores from professional judges, results are tallied and the winner moves on to the next round. The statewide winner will receive a cash prize.

Local diners will be able to buy tickets to the Durham events on April 18, 19 and 21 or Raleigh’s events on July 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21 and 24. Local winners will go on to compete against other regional winners for the state title. Details will be coming soon on how to buy tickets.

The contest organizers have announced a call for chefs to apply to compete in this year’s contest. For information on how to enter, go to