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Carolina Crossroads Restaurant’s James Clark Opens Fire in the Triangle Cooking Competition on July 15

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (July 2013) – James Clark, Executive Chef at the award-winning Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at The Carolina Inn, is one of 16 local chefs competing in this year’s Fire in the Triangle event.

On Monday, July 15, Clark, noted for his Contemporary Southern Cuisine committed to a strong emphasis on local, fresh and sustainable ingredients, squares off against Dean Thompson of Flights at The Renaissance (North Hills) in the “Iron Chef-style” battles with a twist. The audience/diners get to eat and vote as their votes make up 70 percent of the total score, with the judges’ panel only counting for 30 percent.

To make voting even easier in this second year, Competition Dining has released its own app for iPhone and Android users. Diners just use the app to scan the QR code at their place setting. Paper and pencil voting will be available for those who don't have a smartphone.

On the day of competition around Noon, chefs arrive at 1705 Prime, 705 East Millbrook Road in Raleigh, the site for all battles. They find out the secret ingredient and get to work with their two assistants to create three different courses featuring that ingredient. They all have access to the same pantry and the same ingredients. They are also prohibited from making anything from their restaurants. Their menus are due by 3:30 p.m., diners start arriving at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for all first round battles are $59 per person (excluding beverage, tax and tip) and can be reserved at The winner of this single elimination contest is crowned on August 19.

About The Carolina Inn
Built on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill in 1924 by John Sprunt Hill – distinguished alumnus, successful businessman and University trustee – The Carolina Inn’s original concept was “to provide for the special wants and comforts of the University alumni...and University visitors.” The historical Carolina Inn features 185 charming and well-appointed guestrooms including 7 luxury suites.

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