Win Tickets to the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, Final Fire!!

Get ready folks, the Final Fire is finally here and this is your chance to read more about it and win 2 tickets to the dinner tomorrow night November 20. Or you can purchase your tickets through the links below. To purchase tickets for tomorrow night go here:

Winners will  be notified at noon tomorrow!

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series highlights products from across North Carolina . The Competing chefs are notified at noon on the day of their battle as to which NC ingredient is the “secret ingredient”. So let’s make this contest fun. To enter, comment below as to what your favorite North Carolina ingredient is. It can be anything from pork to sweet potatoes, chocolate to Cheerwine.

Mine would be Cheerwine poured over a pork butt in the crock pot. Throw in a few garlic cloves, set the pot to low and walk away for 8 hours. Oh ya, yummy yummy in your tummy.

Having been a past guest judge, I can tell these dinners are well worth their price in gold. You will NOT go hungry and you WILL be excited by the creativity of the chefs. It’s just plain fun!

Good Luck, and let the games begin………..GO!!!!! 

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The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, is gearing up for its Final Fire series in which five chefs from across North Carolina will battle it out to take home the statewide championship. Community members are invited to attend the tournament’s four live dinner events, savoring the six-course meal and serving as judges, from November 19 (TONIGHT) to November 22 in Raleigh.

The five competing chefs won their regional series to move on to earn a place at Final Fire. It’s all part of the 2014 Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination, Iron Chef-style challenge between local chefs across North Carolina.

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The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series Final Fire schedule is as follows:
Nov. 19 Dinner: Fire on the Dock Champion Antoine Murray of Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, versus Fire on the Rock Champion Michelle Bailey of Season’s at Highland Lake in Flat Rock
Nov. 20 Dinner: Fire in the City Champion Jon Fortes of Mimosa Grill in Charlotte, versus Nov. 19 winner
Nov. 21 Dinner: Fire in the Triad Champion Tim Thompson of Marisol Restaurant in Greensboro, versus Fire in the Triangle Champion Dean Thompson of Flights in Raleigh
Nov. 22 Championship Dinner: Nov. 20 winner, versus Nov. 21 winner

At stake is a grand prize of $4,000 cash, two handmade chef knives by Ironman Forge and a trip to the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, California, compliments of Kikkoman and the Pro Chef Program.

In each of the Final Fire dinner battles, two participating chefs each prepare three courses centered on a secret or featured ingredient that comes from a North Carolina farmer or artisan producer—ingredients are revealed to the chefs only an hour before they start cooking that day and must be used in each course.

Ticketed dinner guests get in on the action, savoring the combined six courses without knowing which chef prepared each plate. Alongside culinary and guest judges, diners rate each dish using an interactive app, ultimately determining who moves on to the next round and who goes home.

All Final Fire events are held at Renaissance North Hills Raleigh, located at 4100 Main at North Hills Street. Tickets to attend the first three battles are $129 each excluding beverage, tax and tip. Tickets for the final championship battle are $139 each excluding beverage, tax and tip. Learn more at

For more information, visit or get in on the conversation at and @CompDiningNC on Twitter or Instagram.

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series is sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Pate Dawson-Southern Foods, Certified Angus Beef®, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, the NC Wine & Grape Council, Hits Technology and local partners in each region of the state.

Happy Eating





24 thoughts on “Win Tickets to the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, Final Fire!!

  1. Thank you everyone for participating in this great giveaway. Charlie Oliver won the tickets. I used Random Picker, an online tool to randomly generate a winner.

    Stay tuned for upcoming giveaways and don’t forget to enter to win the $50 Whole Foods gift card.


  2. It has to be anything from our coast for me! Soft shell crab, shrimp, oysters…I’m not picky when it comes to seafood! Love it all!

  3. Gotta go with Cheerwine, too. That pork shoulder slow cooked with Cheerwine? It’s even better when you top the finished product with Cheerwine Cackalacky sauce!

  4. Too many tasty decisions! I love cooking with a tasty, strong beer – Raleigh Brewing Hidden Pipe Porter, Highland’s Black Mocha Stout, Oskar Blues TenFidy would top my list. Thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway, hope I win!

  5. What a tough question! I would have to say sweet potatoes, the small dark-orange pulped ones. I’m off to slow bake some right now, and will top them with toasted NC pecans and sorghum molasses – YUM!

  6. what a tough question! I’ll go with sweet potatoes, the dark orange-pulped small ones. I’m off to slow bake some, and then will top them with toasted NC pecans and sorghum molasses – YUM!

  7. Heritage Farms Cheshire boneless slow roasted pork butt steaks with a dark shine/tamari sauce! Have a great time judging!

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