Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Competition Dining returns to the Triangle

The 2015 Got to Be NC Competition Dining series launched in the Triangle Monday with a heated battle between chefs Gerry Fong of Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant in New Bern and Benjamin Harris of Midtown Grille in Raleigh. The secret ingredient, selected from a North Carolina farmer or artisan producer, was Curemaster's Reserve Mangalista Ham from Johnston County Hams.

Dessert course from Chef Harris
of Midtown Grille in Raleigh
Barely a quarter-point separated the competitors at the end of the six-course event, which was judged by a panel of culinary experts as well as paying diners. In the end, Harris edged Fong with his opening course of pan-roasted scallop with Logan Turnpike Stone Ground Grits seasoned with saffron, basil and chili garnished with crispy Johnston County Mangalitsa Ham, and his dessert of milk chocolate custard, dark chocolate torte, Johnston County Mangalitsa Ham and salted caramel fluff.

All Triangle events are held at 1705 Prime, located at 1705 E. Millbrook Road in Raleigh. Tickets to attend a first round event cost $55 each, excluding the cost of beverage, tax and service fee. For reservations, visit www.competitiondining.com.

Upcoming first round events include: 
The ticket prince increases for following rounds of competition: $59 for quarterfinals, $69 for semifinals, and $75 for finals - excluding the cost of beverage, tax and service fee.

  • Feb. 9 Dinner: Jan. 19 winner versus Jan. 20 winner
  • Feb. 10 Dinner: Jan. 21 winner versus Jan. 26 winner
  • Feb. 16 Dinner: Jan. 27 winner versus Jan. 28 winner
  • Feb. 17 Dinner: Feb. 2 winner versus Feb. 3 winner
  • Feb. 23 Dinner: Feb. 9 winner versus Feb. 10 winner
  • Feb. 24 Dinner: Feb. 16 winner versus Feb. 17 winner 
    Final Battle (Triangle Championship):
  • March 2 Dinner: Feb. 23 winner versus Feb. 24 winner

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