The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association announced nine chefs from eastern North Carolina competing in the first of five preliminary rounds leading up to the fourth annual NCRLA Chef Showdown, presented by Got to be NC Agriculture.
The Showdown’s booming success inspired this year’s expanded format, introducing five preliminary rounds. This year there are three Wilmington chefs in the running: Attilio Cardelli, “On A Roll,” Ramon Villasenor-Castro of “Tequila Comida & Cantina,” and Sam Cahoon of “Savorez.”
Preliminary chef competitors will prepare and serve dishes to be judged by three culinary experts scoring on presentation, taste, and use of local ingredients from North Carolina.
Four top scoring chefs will move on to the regional competition being held in Wilmington on Monday, Aug. 26 at Bluewater Waterfront Grill, ultimately progressing to the finals on Monday, Sept. 30, at Angus Barn’s Bay 7 in Durham, N.C., where the coveted titles of “NCRLA Chef of the Year” and “NCRLA Pastry Chef of the Year” will be crowned.