Chefs will compete for the title of "NCRLA Chef of the Year."
Chefs from across the region will head to Lawson's Landing in New Bern Tuesday to go head-to-head in the 2018 North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association Chef Showdown.
The showdown, presented by Got to be NC Agriculture, will determine the 21 chefs across the state in three different regional competitions who will advance to the finals in Charlotte, Aug. 27. The winner will be named "NCRLA Chef of the Year." Chefs will prepare tasting-sized portions of dishes that will be judged on presentation, taste and use of local ingredients.
The chefs competing Tuesday are Paul Boswell of Henry's Restaurant and Bar in Wilmington; Sam Cahoon of Savorez in Wilmington; Antonio Campolio of Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant in New Bern; Nicholas Chavez of Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington; Jamie Davis of Duck's Grille and Bar in Jacksonville; Joseph Heskin of Oceanic in Wrightsville Beach; Massimo Mannino of Nino's Cucina Italiana in Greenville and Brandon Shepard of Urban Street Eats in Swansboro.
Troy Tipton of Famous Restaurant & Baking Company in New Bern will represent the area for pastry chefs.
Three regional judges include Amy Gaw, owner of Outer Banks Sea Salt; Bud Taylor of The Bistro at Topsail in Surf City; and David Cartier of Hungry Town Tours in Beaufort and a member of Carteret Catch and Beaufort Food & Wine.
Reporter Ashley Morris can be reached at 910-343-2096 or Ashley.Morris@StarNewsOnline.com