The goal of the Competition Dining Series, the only cooking competition of its kind in the US, is to highlight the best of North Carolina’s food, agriculture, and culinary talent. The competition requires that chefs must use North Carolina-produced ingredients. Each year, the competition calls for chefs to use a secret or featured ingredient and in 2012, 2013 and 2014 Pepsi was featured as such. North Carolina-based Pepsi Bottling Ventures has been a sponsor since the inception of the Competition Dining Series in 2012.
“We’re very proud to be a part of the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series again as we see who ends up winning this challenging competition that showcases the culinary ingenuity and talent across our state,” said Randy Quirk, vice president of Food Service for Pepsi Bottling Ventures. “We embrace this fun competition because Pepsi was born in North Carolina more than 100 years ago and has been a home-grown N.C. ingredient.”
The 2014 Competition Dining Series started in March with the Fire on the Rock competition in Asheville and includes a year-long series of competition dinners in Wilmington, Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte. The Final Fire in Raleigh will kick off in November in which all the winning regional chefs will compete for final bragging rights.
Fire in the Triangle will take place June 23 to Aug. 4, pitting 16 Triangle chefs who will face off against each other. Two participating chefs each prepare three courses centered on the secret or featured ingredient revealed to the chefs only an hour before they start cooking that day. The ingredient must be used in each course. Attending guests serve as judges for the six-course meal.
For more information go to: www.competitiondining.com and www.competitiondining.com/compete/2014-fire-in-the-triangle.