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2017 NC Chef Showdown presented by Got To Be NC
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2017 NC Chef Showdown presented by Got To Be NC

When: Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
6-9 p.m.
Where: 214 Martin/Market Hall
215 Wolfe Street
Raleigh, North Carolina  27601
United States
Contact: Mindy Wharton

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NCRLA's second annual Chef Showdown will be held Aug. 21, 2017 at the combined event spaces of 214 Martin/Market Hall in Raleigh.  If you crave competition, you'll love the format as 16 chefs from across North Carolina vie for the title of NCRLA's Chef of the Year and Pastry Chef of the Year. Chefs will be judged by industry professionals and will also compete for People's Choice awards given by the attendees.  New in 2017, we will also crown an NCRLA Mixologist of the Year, as six NC distilleries will be featured with hand-picked bartenders slinging their spirits. #ncchefshowdown


Emceed by WRAL's Ken Smith and Charlotte food blogger & cook, Heidi Billotto.


Tickets are $125. Learn more & follow our blog at


Participating Savory Chefs are:

Chef Thomas Card | Executive Chef | The Counting House Restaurant 21C Hotel in Durham

Chef Jim Diecchio | Executive Chef | Rocksalt in Charlotte

Chef Timothy Grandinetti | Executive Chef | Spring House Restaurant Kitchen & Bar in  Winston-Salem

Chef  Matthew Krenz | Executive Chef + Culinary Director | The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel in Charlotte

Chef Lil Lacassagne  |  Chef/Ower  |  Saint Jacques @ Burke Manor Inn in Gibsonville

Chef Thomas Marlow | Executive Chef | Mimosa Grill in Charlotte

Chef Scott Ostrander | Executive Chef | The Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville

Chef Phillip Platoni | Chef De Cuisine | Southminster Continued Care Retirement Community in Charlotte

Chef Adam Reed | Chef/ Owner | Sante in Matthews

Chef Scott Schabot | Executive Chef | Cameron Bar and Grill in Raleigh

Chef Bud Taylor | Chef/Owner | The Bistro Topsail in Surf City

Chef Alyssa Wilen | Chef/Owner | Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen in Charlotte

Participating Pastry Chefs are:

Chef Julius Kalman | Owner/Pastry Chef | Vidalia in Boone

Chef Shelby Smith | Pastry Chef | Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Chapel Hill

Chef  Ann Marie Stefaney | Pastry Chef | Heirloom Restaurant in Charlotte

Chef  Hannah Woociker  | Pastry Chef | Highland Avenue  in Hickory


Participating Distilleries & Mixologists are:


Covington Vodka | Paul Campbell

Durham Distiller | Greg Schammel

Graybeard Distillery |Jesse Cortez

Muddy River Distillery |  Amanda Britton

Southern Artisan Spirits featuring Cardinal Gin | Bob Peters

TOPO Distillery featuring TOPO Organic Spirits | Andrew Izreal


Thank you to our sponsors!


Presenting Sponsor

Got To Be NC (NC Department of Agriculture)


Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor

US Foods

Silver Sponsor

Gordon Food Service

Summit Hospitality

Bronze Sponsor


Technology Sponsor


In-kind sponsors: Alsco, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, La Farm Bakery, Largemouth Communications, Pepsi, S&D Coffee & Tea, Shelton Vineyards, Trophy Brewing



There are several pay lots and parking decks near the venue. 

We suggest:

City Market Parking Lot, 228 E Martin St. (1 min walk to venue)

$1 an hour until 5 pm, $5 flat rate after 5 pm


E Hargett St Parking Lot, 125 E Hargett St.  (4 min walk to venue)

$1 an hour till 6 pm, $3 after 6 pm (total, not per hour)


Moore Square Public Parking Deck, 233 Wilmington St. (4 min walk to venue)

$1 per 30 min until 7 pm, free after 7 

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