|Best chefs crowned at the NCRLA Chef Showdown|
|Published Wednesday, October 2, 2019|
DURHAM – Steven Goff of AUX Bar in Asheville won the coveted NCRLA Chef of the Year Award. Jamie Turner of Earl's Grocery and Soul Food Sessions in Charlotte earned NCRLA pastry chef of the year, and Johnny Burritt, representing Apothecary Beverage Company in Asheville, took home NCRLA mixologist of the year.
The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association announced the winners at the fourth annual NCRLA Chef Showdown on September 30 at Angus Barn’s Bay 7 in Durham. There were 20 chefs across North Carolina that were in the final running for the savory and sweet titles, judged by a panel of industry experts based on the presentation and taste of the dish as well as the best use and number of local North Carolina ingredients on each plate.
Attendees also voted for their favorite dishes and drinks to determine the People’s Choice award winners for Savory, Pastry and Specialty Cocktail & Distillery.
The complete list of 2019 winners:
- Chef of the year: Goff
- Pastry chef of the year: Turner
- Mixologist of the year: Burritt
- Distillery of the year: Apothecary Beverage Company, Asheville
- People’s choice savory: Cory Haigler, The Westin Charlotte
- People’s choice pastry: Tie Whittaker, Buttermilk Boutique, Raleigh
- People’s choice specialty cocktail & distillery: Jimmy Huyhn, Copper Barrel Distillery, Wilkesboro
The N.C. Department of Agriculture Culinary also named its Culinary Ambassador Team, compiling an elite team of chefs who will be the culinary voice of the NCDA. Goff, Richard Gras, Haigler, Turner, Whittaker and Mary Jayne Wilson will advocate the use of North Carolina food and beverage products in restaurants and retail outlets across the state.
For more information about the NCRLA Chef Showdown, visit ncrla.org/chefshowdown.
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