Fire in the City starts March 22

Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series heads to Charlotte March 22-May 19

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, will pit 24 highly competitive chefs against each other in its upcoming dual-bracket regional tournament. For the first time in competition history, the local series will feature two separate brackets that will each name a champion. All of the 22 interactive battles will be hosted in Charlotte from March 22 through May 19, and tickets are now available at  

In every Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series dinner event, two chef teams battle it out preparing three courses each centered on a featured North Carolina ingredient that is revealed only an hour before they start cooking that day. Ticketed dinner guests savor a full-service, six-course meal without knowing which chef prepared which dishes. Unlike any other cooking competition, attendees vote on each course using a free app, and ultimately help determine who moves on to the next battle round and who goes home.

Charlotte series competitors were randomly assigned to the two brackets. Eight returning competitors received a bye to automatically advance to the second round. The preliminary match-up battles include:


Bracket One:

·         The four chefs receiving a bye include:

o   Tom Dyrness of Mama Ricotta’s (Sunday, April 12)

o   Steven Goff of King James Public House (Monday, April 13)

o   David Moore of Gallery Restaurant (Tuesday, April 14)

o   Chris Coleman of The Asbury at the Dunhill Hotel (Sunday, April 19)

Bracket Two:

·         The four chefs receiving a bye include:

o   Clark Barlowe of Heirloom Restaurant (Monday, April 20)

o   Ben Philpott of Block & Grinder (Tuesday, April 21)

o   Brent Martin of The Summit Room (Monday, April 27)

o   Michael Fisera of Lexington Avenue Brewery (Tuesday, April 28)


All Charlotte events are held at Bonterra Dining & Wine Room, located at 1829 Cleveland Ave in Charlotte. Tickets to attend a preliminary battle cost $55 each, excluding beverage, tax and service fee. Tickets to attend a quarterfinal, semifinal or final battle (scheduled April 12 through May 19) range from $59 to $75 each, excluding beverage, tax and service fee. Guests can attend as many dinners as they like and tickets must be purchased by midnight the day before a battle. Reservations are open now at

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