#outaboutNC: Competition Dining Series is Coming to Six North Carolina Cities with a New Dream Team Concept

I am a big fan of North Carolina's Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series. I've attended several, and last year I was the media personality for semi-finalist round for the state competition where Rex Hospital Executive Chef Ryan Conklin eventually took the coveted red jacket and bragging rights. 

This foodie favorite culinary tournament is back for 2016 with eight tournaments across North Carolina. For those who may not know, the competition highlights with the best of the state’s food, agriculture, and culinary talent. This year, Competition Dining will have dual brackets in Raleigh and Charlotte, and one tournament in each of Durham, Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Wilmington. It all comes to a head in October with the Battle of Champions for a statewide champion.

Statewide Competition-Course Two by Ryan Conklin 

Are you a chef ready to make your mark? Applications for chefs interested in competing are currently being accepted for all locations. New to the competition this year, a change in format allows chefs to create All-Star Dream Teams so talent from different restaurants can partner together as a three-person team, upping the caliber and creating a more fun and competitive atmosphere for all.

All of the dinner events include a battle between two chef teams each preparing three courses with a featured ingredient that comes from a North Carolina farmer or artisan producer. These ingredients are revealed to the chefs the morning of the dinner event and must be used in every course. And the diners call the shots -- guests arrive without knowing which chef prepared which plate and rate each dish using an app, determining who moves on to the next round and who goes home.

Statewide Competition Course 4 by Ryan Conklin

Mark your calendars – 2016 Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series official schedule includes:

Durham: April 18, 19 and 21
Winston-Salem: May 22, 23 and 25
Greensboro: June 20, 21 and 23
Raleigh (two brackets): 
July 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21 and a finale to name one Raleigh champion July 24         
Charlotte (two brackets):
 Aug. 8, 9, 11, 22, 23, 25 and a finale to name one Charlotte champion Aug. 28 
Wilmington: Sept. 19, 20 and 22

Tickets to the dinner events are $59 to $69 each and will go on sale for each series once that local bracket is announced. Pre-sale tickets for all tournaments are available now for $10 less than standard pricing at www.competitiondining.com. Stay tuned for more info on the competing chefs and bracket matchups for the upcoming Durham series!

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