We have a lot of awesome chefs in North Carolina and right here in the Triad. One of our favorites recently won People’s Choice at this cool chefs battle that happened in Raleigh. Chef Jay Piece took home the People’s prize. Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork shoulder (Korean-style) with pickled chanterelles, cucumber kimchi and sesame rice cracker.
The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association had their expo last week. And chefs from all over North Carolina took part. I was invited to go and had to decline so I hate I missed it. But I have the details here from the folks with NCRLA.
NC Chefs Crowned at Inaugural North Carolina Chef Showdown
Honors, including NCRLA Chef of the Year and NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year, awarded to chefs across the state
Raleigh, N.C. (August 31, 2016) – The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA), the voice of North Carolina’s $22 billion restaurant, foodservice and lodging industries, announced the winners of the inaugural North Carolina Chef Showdown held Monday, August 29, as part of the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo that took place in downtown Raleigh this week.
Twelve savory chefs and four pastry chefs competed for the titles of NCRLA Chef of the Year and Pastry Chef of the Year, along with a mixology contest. Nearly 300 attendees from across the hospitality industry gathered at 214 Martin Street in downtown Raleigh to vote on their favorite creations, along with an exclusive panel of judges that carefully evaluated each ingredient and overall composition.
2016 NC Chef Showdown Results:
2016 NCRLA Chef of the Year: Chef Jesse Roque, Never Blue Restaurant (Hendersonville)
Also won: “Best Use of Got to Be NC Ingredient Savory” and “Most Creative Presentation Savory” Partnered with Performance Food Group
2016 NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year: Pastry Chef Jossie Perlmutter, Block & Grinder (Charlotte)
Also won “Best Use of Got to Be NC Ingredient Pastry” and “Most Creative Presentation Pastry” Partnered with Pate Dawson Company
People’s Choice Savory: Executive Chef Jay Pierce, The Marshall Free House/Kick Ass Concepts (Greensboro) Partnered with Sysco
People’s Choice Pastry: Chef Noelle Gogg, The Ballantyne Hotel (Charlotte) Partnered with Sysco
People’s Choice Mixologist: Tim VanBeek, Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club (Durham) Partnered with Durham Distillery
From the NCRLA:
A special thanks goes to presenting sponsors TNC Communications – DirecTV Hospitality Solutions; gold sponsor Got to Be NC Agriculture; silver sponsors Alsco and Summit Hospitality Group; and food partners Gordon Food Service, Pate Dawson-Southern Foods, Performance Foodservice-IFH, Reinhart Foodservice, Sysco and US Foods.
The NC Chef Showdown was a fresh element added to the annual North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Expo, which unites the restaurant and lodging industries for a comprehensive program of education and a showcase of the latest products, services and technologies from across the state. This year’s expo took place Monday and Tuesday this week, featuring a slate of industry leaders discussing best practices and innovative ideas impacting restaurant and hospitality businesses today.
For more information about the North Carolina Chef Showdown, visit http://www.ncrla.org/chefshowdown. For more information about the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Expo, visit http://www.ncrl-expo.com.
Established in 1947, the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA) works to advance and protect North Carolina’s $22 billion restaurant, foodservice and lodging industry. The association provides access to the resources and support restaurant and lodging professionals need to lead thriving businesses, while serving as conscientious, contributing members of an unparalleled industry. To learn more information about NCRLA or its membership opportunities and cost-saving benefits, please visit www.ncrla.org.
By the way, foodies, in the near future I’ll be visiting Never Blue and I can’t wait to share pics. Have you been to any of the restaurants that made the winning list?