Best Dish NC Contest Structure

The preliminary round determines the finalists for both regions based upon a review of the online entry documentation using the following criteria:

  • Overall use of NC products and ingredients within the entries submitted
  • Depth of the farm to table connection of each entry
  • Creativity of entry including ingenuity of local ingredients and its preparation
  • Originality and uniqueness of entries
  • Overall appeal and value of entries

Best Dish NC Final Round:

  • Choose a minimum 4 week consecutive period of time that your entries will be promoted and available on your menu. Choose any consecutive four week period May through end of September
  • Promote Best Dish NC contest on premises
  • Promote your support of NC agriculture and products
  • Meet with NCDA Foodservice Marketing Specialist for promotional photos and video
  • Work with NCDA to enhance the use of local NC product on the menu
  • Cover the cost of each dish entered into the contest for the official judge, plus a meal of equal or lesser value for 1 adult guest (detailed certificate provided)

Regional finalists judged on the following in the final round:

  • Overall use of NC products and ingredients- 0 to 35 points
  • Creativity of entry including ingenuity of local ingredients and its preparation and presentation- 0 to 30 points
  • Taste, originality and uniqueness- 0 to 25 points
  • Depth of the farm to table connection- 0 to 15 points
  • Overall appeal and value- 0 to 10 points
  • If entered dish is not available or there has been a major change in ingredient or product used, entry will not be judged and will be disqualified from the competition.

Recognition and benefits
Each of the 2 regions will crown a winner along with a 2nd and 3rd place for the casual dining category and the fine dining category. 12 restaurants will be recognized in all! Announcements made public by October 31st. Here are the benefits in participation and placing in the Top 3:

  • CASH Prizes totaling $3000!
  • Exposure in Our State Magazine highlighting all contest winners
  • Exposure in Edible Piedmont Magazine
  • Contest exposure during official NCDA shows & events
  • Contest exposure through events that NCDA is invited to
  • Contest exposure through press releases picked up by local media outlets
  • NCDA web sites, social media and blogs
  • Web site as a resource for consumers with links, menus and recipes
  • Awards presentation during annual Taste of NC event