Meet Your Chefs for Fire in the Triangle Battle 6, Mia Francesca Trattoria vs 518 West Italian Cafe

Last night’s Battle Turkey was incredible. What an ingredient. Turkey? Really? And I say that, not because I am against the bird, just that I think it was one of the toughest ingredients yet. It evokes thoughts of Holiday gatherings with friends and family and brings to the awaiting palate an expectation of certain flavors. Both Chefs brought their “A” game and provided diners 6 courses of deliciousness. Congratulations to both Chad McIntyre of Market Raleigh and John Childers of Herons at Umstead Hotel and Spa for a great night. Winner was Chef Childers. Enjoy his post win video =)

The dishes keep’a’coming as we plow through the last three preliminary “Fire in the Triangle” Competition Dining Series. Tonight’s battle 6 pairs up Mia Francesca Trattoria vs 518 West Italian Cafe and I am fasting the day away to feast tonight.

Don’t worry if you can’t attend, stay tuned to the conversation on Twitter following me @durhamfoodie and the hashtag #CompDiningNC for all comments. Please also follow us on Facebook at Durhamfoodie and Competition Dining

Triangle location for all dinners: 1705 Prime Catering and Events, the premier private event space for Rocky Top Catering at 1705 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609;

Special thanks to the NC Competition Dining Series Sponsors, without their support, we would not have the privilege of attending such a series of events here in NC.

SPONSORS: The North Carolina Department of Agriculture (NCDA), Southern Foods/ Pate Dawson, OUR STATE Magazine, Crippen’s Country Inn & Restaurant in Blowing Rock, Whole Harvest Foods and H.ITS Technology. Local sponsors include the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau and Independent Weekly.


Chef Reto Von Weissenfluh

Reto von Weissenfluh: Mia Francesca in Raleigh, NC

My cooking style is: Classic trained French and Italian with some global influences.

My competitive advantage is: My international background will allow me to be flexible and creative with the secret ingredient and present something totally multi-dimensional to the competition field.

Chefserge Falcoz-Vigne

Serge Falcoz-Vigne: 518 West in Raleigh, NC

My cooking style is: Classic traditional cooking with a Southern cuisine inspiration.

My competitive advantage is: that I actually see this type of competition as an opportunity for our team to grow.  The pressure and stress will force us to push ourselves past traditional boundaries and create something truly unique and exciting for our guests.

The Competition Dining Series benefits the Office of the State Fire Marshal in North Carolina to support local fire fighters, as cooking is the number one cause of house fires. Instructional tips about kitchen fire safety will be shared during each event.

Happy Eating Y’all



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