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Carolina Crossroads Restaurant’s James Clark Participates in North Carolina Seafood Festival’s Chefs Competition on October 6

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (October 2013) – James Clark, Executive Chef at the award-winning Carolina Crossroads Restaurant at The Carolina Inn, is among eight Chefs Competition participants vying for top honors on Sunday, October 6 at the 27th Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival in Morehead City.

On the final day of this year’s festival, two chefs compete at a time cooking a secret seafood. Each chef will be given a score. The two highest scores overall advance to compete in the final competition where another secret seafood will be prepared.

Clark continues the sustainable dining traditions at Carolina Crossroads Restaurant by serving locally grown “Farm to Table” meats, seafood and vegetables. His individual style is inspired by local, Southern influences infused with modern techniques. Clark is as meticulous about leaving carbon footprints on the environment as he is about the unique dishes he creates. He concentrates on three or four ingredients for each dish, focusing on them to maximize their flavors using proper cooking techniques.

“I am all about simple food and great flavor by letting the ingredients speak for themselves and acquiring great local products,” said Clark. “I look forward to this year’s Chefs Competition.”

The North Carolina Seafood Festival attracts more than 180,000 people each year and accommodates 150 arts and crafts and 60 food vendors along the Waterfront section in Morehead City. During the past 26 years, the Seafood Festival has grown to become the second-largest festival in North Carolina. Each year the festival strives to produce the best event possible. The North Carolina Seafood Festival is a top award-winning Festival including the Southeast Tourism Society Shining Example Award Winner “Best Event in the Southeast, Overall Best Event of the Year, the Green Award, etc.

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. The Carolina Inn and its Carolina Crossroads Restaurant were awarded AAA’s prestigious 2013 Four Diamond ratings, marking the 16th consecutive hotel honor and 11th straight restaurant recognition.  This is also the 13th straight year that Carolina Crossroads has been awarded Four-Stars by the Forbes Travel Guide (formerly Mobil Travel Guide).

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