RALEIGH, N.C. -- Cooking competition shows are wildly popular on television and some chefs in our state are getting in on the action. 

  • Cooking for a Classic features eight area chefs who will go head-to-head in a tournament style competition, preparing three courses with at least one secret ingredient not revealed to them until that morning
  • And it’s no small portion, each chef must prepare enough to feed 160 guests each night
  • After three rounds, the winner of the championship gets to take home either a 1982 JEEP Scrambler, or new this year, $15,000 in cash

But don’t fret, you too can join in on the fun, all for a really good cause. Spectrum News anchor Caroline Blair sat down with Adam Jones, the chef coordinator for Rocky Top Hospitality, and Toni Peck, board chair with the Lucy Daniels Center, for a look at this year’s competition.

In its third year, Cooking for a Classic features eight area chefs will go head-to-head in a tournament style competition, preparing three courses with at least one secret ingredient not revealed to them until that morning. And it’s no small portion, each chef must prepare enough to feed 160 guests each night.

Attendees and guest judges get to vote on their favorite dishes, based on creativity, use of secret ingredients, execution, and presentation. After three rounds, the winner of the championship gets to take home either a 1982 JEEP Scrambler, or new this year, $15,000 in cash.

But the event’s main purpose is to raise money for the Lucy Daniels Center. With 100 percent of proceeds going to help the non-profit and the children they serve, this year’s goal is raise at least $150,000.

The first rounds of the competition runs February 15- 27, the semifinals are March 4-5, and the championship is March 11, all at East, Rocky Top Catering’s event venue located at 1705 East Millbrook Road in Raleigh. Tickets start at $75 for the First Round, $100 for the Second Round, and $125 for the Finale. Tickets are available on their website.  

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