Act Fast to Win Two Tickets to the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series this Thursday in Raleigh


Those of you who follow my blog may remember that I had the honor of serving as a guest judge at the Fire in the Triangle this summer and had a blast! Check out my post at:  I’m happy to report that the statewide championship comes to Raleigh tonight and I was lucky to score some tickets to Thursday night’s showdown, courtesy of the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series.

And guess what, one of my readers is going to have the chance to win two tickets, valued at $129.00 each! But you need to act fast as the drawing is today, 11/19/14 at 9:00 p.m. Keep reading to find out how to enter and be a part of this fun and tasty culinary event that showcases some of the state’s finest chefs!

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The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series is holding its Final Fire series in Raleigh, where five chefs from across North Carolina will battle it out to take home the statewide championship. This is a single-elimination, Iron Chef-style challenge between local chefs who won their regional competitions in Wilmington, Asheville, Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte.

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

The five winning chefs recently drew knives to determine the championship bracket for the upcoming Final Fire competition, which is scheduled 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

Along with bragging rights, at stake in the Final Fire series 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, Calif., compliments of Kikkoman and the Pro Chef Program.

All Final Fire events are held at Renaissance North Hills Raleigh, located at 4100 Main at North Hills Street. Tickets are still available – learn more at  Those who attend any of the tournament’s four live dinner events will not only savor the six-course meal, but also get to serve as judges.


So how can you enter Kel’s Café giveaway? Simply like this post, or like Kel’s Café on Facebook ( by 9:00 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 18th. If your name is drawn, I will send you more details!

Good luck everyone!

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.

Bon appétit!

Eat, drink and be merry!

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