Got to Be NC Competition Dining is Back for 2016!

Got to Be NC Competition Dining

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food and culinary talent, is officially back for 2016 with a total of eight tournaments across the state. The competition kicks off the year with its first ever series in Durham April 18 to 21, and will return to the Triangle shortly after for a dual-bracket in Raleigh this July. Tickets are already available for the competitions, and they do go fast!

I really enjoyed last year’s competition, I was able to attend on a night featuring blueberries and bison. Guests get to sample six courses of food from each of the competing teams and then rate the dishes in a mobile app, which means we got to see the results quickly. It’s a lot of fun, a great way to meet other foodies and also savor good local food. You won’t get to learn about what the highlighted ingredients are until you get there (but neither will the chefs competing)! So it’s a good adventure.

This year, the competition is also switching formats to allow chefs to create All-Star Dream Teams. The change allows chefs from different restaurants to partner together to create their three-person team, upping the potential caliber and creating a more fun and competitive atmosphere for all.

The 2016 Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series dinner battles will be held in: 

  • Durham: April 18, 19 and 21
  • Winston-Salem: May 22, 23 and 25
  • Greensboro: June 20, 21 and 23
  • Raleigh (two brackets): July 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21 and a finale to name one Raleigh champion July 24 
  • Charlotte (two brackets): Aug. 8, 9, 11, 22, 23, 25 and a finale to name one Charlotte champion Aug. 28
  • Wilmington: Sept. 19, 20 and 22

Tickets are $59 to $69 each, and pre-sale tickets for all tournaments can be purchased now at You may want to sign up for their newsletter to get the latest news about when the brackets and competitors are updated.