Be a “Top Chef” Style Judge in Asheville This March!

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A chef hard at work for the prize!

A chef hard at work for the prize!

If you follow our blog then you know James and I enjoy going to Chef’s Challenge dinners and being a “Top Chef” style judge during the slower winter months at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast.  This winter the dinners will be bigger and better as Asheville hosts the “Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series: Fire On The Rock” on Monday and Tuesday nights in March.  Along with the other inns of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association, we’ve put together a really exciting package with more than $150 gifts and dining vouchers to the competing restaurants included along with the dinner and your night’s lodging.  More about that later but first let me tell you a little about the dinners.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Bisque with Sour Cream Ice Cream

Sweet Potato Chocolate Bisque with Sour Cream Ice Cream

In previous years, WNC Magazine hosted the Chef’s Challenge Competition for restaurants in Asheville and the surrounding area.  These dinners were modeled on the Competition Dining Series.  I was fortunate enough to be invited “backstage” to some of the dinners as a guest blogger so I got to see the Chefs in action as they prepared their dishes. Each chef and his team are presented with a “secret ingredient” at 11AM on the morning of the dinner which they have to use in creating three dishes for the diners to judge that evening.  It isn’t easy.  Their cell phones are taken away from them and they are left with the resources and pantry of the guest kitchen to prepare their dishes.  (They cannot serve any dish which is currently on the menu at their restaurant).  Fire On The Rock will use this same format.  The Competition Dining Series is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture so you can be sure that the secret ingredient will come from our state!  The winning chef receives a prize of $2000 and moves on to the Grand Final with its prize of $4000 plus the ability to wear the coveted “Black Jacket”.

2013 Winner Adam Hayes in his "Black Jacket"

2013 Winner Adam Hayes in his “Black Jacket”

The Asheville dinners, “Fire On the Rock”, are one of a series of dinners taking place in five cities: Asheville, Greensboro, Wilmington, Charlotte and Raleigh.  The winner from each city will travel to Raleigh for the Final Round held later in the year.

The dinners will take place at the Lioncrest on the Biltmore Estate. Built in 1930 as a barn, the property was extensively renovated in 2006 and turned into an event venue.  The enclosed terrace sparkles with fairy lights and has a stunning views of the Biltmore Property itself while the vaulted ceiling in the Grand Ballroom features wrought iron chandeliers.  150 diners will be seated at tables of eight to enjoy the offerings of the chefs presented in a spectacular setting.  One of the aspects of the dinners which James and I have always enjoyed the most is meeting other adventurous diners and discussing the food with them.  This year a special mobile ap has been developed for voters bringing the process into our high tech era, and hopefully speeding up the results!

Now, about that package:  The Asheville Restaurants taking part in the competition along with the Competition Dining Series have gotten together with the seventeen inns of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association to offer you an exclusive package for the events. In addition to a one-night stay at one of our amazing B&Bs, you will receive 2 tickets to a Fire On the Rock dinner along with gifts and dining vouchers from the restaurants.  The inns of the Association include the top inns in Asheville, an area noted for the high quality of its Bed & Breakfast Inns.  Each of our inns is different and brings something unique to the table, from award-winning gardens and gourmet food to exquisite antiques and historic homes and more.  Luxurious linens, in-room fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and the finest amenities are available. This is an experience not to be missed.

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