The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association is ready to name the 2017 Chef of the Year and 2017 Pastry Chef of the Year at the Second Annual Chef Showdown. This year’s competition will take place Monday, Aug. 21 at 214 Martin and Market Hall in Raleigh’s historic downtown City Market.
As in 2016, the Chef Showdown will take place after the first day of the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo at the Raleigh Convention Center. Centrally located in the state’s capital city, this is an event that offers members of North Carolina’s hospitality industry two back to back days of meetings and seminars as well as a trade show.
This year’s NC Chef Showdown will feature a competition between 16 chefs – 12 NC chefs competing with savory entrees and four NC Pastry Chefs competing with offerings on the sweeter side of things.
Think you have what it takes to be North Carolina’s Chef or Pastry chef of the year? Apply to compete today. The application period for chefs to apply is now through May 31, 2017 after which a selection committee will review all applications. Chefs selected to participate will be notified and announced on these pages the first week in June.
The competing dishes prepared by each participating chefs are judged on taste, appearance, creativity and best use of a North Carolina ingredient.
Here is how it works: Each competing chef is paired with a participating food wholesaler who will provide them with whatever product they request. Chefs also provided with funds courtesy the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to bring along and incorporate some of their favorite local ingredients, from farmers and local producers they support at their individual restaurants, to showcase in their dishes. Each chef prepares enough sample plates for the crowd of attendees and for a panel of official judges. In the End, the judges award the official titles and there is a People’s Choice award as well. As the audience of North Carolina food enthusiasts cannot live on food alone, six participating North Carolina Distilleries are paired with local mixologists who each create a custom craft cocktail for the crowd to sample.
Here’s a recap of the results of the 2016 NC Chef Showdown
2016 NCRLA Chef of the Year: Chef Jesse Roque, Never Blue Restaurant in Hendersonville, NC
• Also won “Best Use of Got To Be NC Ingredient Savory” and “Most Creative Presentation Savory”
• Sponsor partner: PFG
2016 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year: Pastry Chef Jossie Perlmutter, Block & Grinder in Charlotte, NC
• Also won “Best Use of Got To Be NC Ingredient Pastry” and “Most Creative Presentation Pastry”
• Sponsor partner: Pate Dawson
People’s Choice Savory: Executive Chef Jay Pierce, The Marshall Free House/Kick Ass Concepts in Greensboro, NC
• Sponsor partner: Sysco
People’s Choice Specialty Cocktail: Tim VanBeek, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, NC
• Sponsor partner: Durham Distillery
People’s Choice Pastry: Chef Noelle Gogg, The Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, NC
• Sponsor partner: Sysco
For more information about the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, to become a member of the NCRLA, for more information about the 2017 NCRLA Expo and for all the latest news about the North Carolina Restaurant, lodging and hospitality industries visit ncrla.org