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Rocky Top Hospitality to Host 2nd Annual Statewide “Got To Be NC” Chef Competition

State Culinary Competition, Fire in the Triangle, to Take Place at Rocky Top Hospitality’s 1705 Prime Catering and Events Facility

Raleigh, NC, June 29, 2013 --( Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality (, has announced that 1705 Prime Catering and Events, Rocky Top Catering’s premiere event venue, will host the second annual Fire in the Triangle competition. In a rivalry that showcases local culinary talent, Fire in the Triangle entrants will compete on July 8-10, July 15-17, July 22-23, July 29-30, July 5-6, Aug.13 and Aug. 19. Reservations can be made through the competition’s website and each competition battle will begin at 7 p.m. A restored Southern home, 1705 Prime is located at 1705 E. Millbrook.

A part of the “Got To Be NC” Competition Dining Series, Fire in the Triangle is a statewide series that takes place across North Carolina and can be found in Blowing Rock, Wilmington, Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro. The competition series will continue through November 2013 under the management of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Southern Foods/Pate Dawson and Our State magazine.

Competition dining guests will sample each course in a blind tasting alongside a panel of culinary and media judges. Each evening, two chef teams will battle side-by-side in a single elimination, “Iron Chef”style format. Each chef is responsible for creating three dishes, which become a part of the guest’s six-course menu. Because of the blind tasting, guests will not know whose food they are tasting. All dishes are required to incorporate the evening’s secret ingredient. For almost all series, the secret ingredient will be a North Carolina-based source. Diners, alongside culinary and guest judges, will rate each dish by either a form or by a mobile app to determine who advances to the next round and who goes home. The winner of Fire in the Triangle will receive the grand prize of $2,000 and the coveted “Red Chef Jacket.”

“We are excited to host the Fire in the Triangle dining competition for the second year and we look forward to watching the competition and culinary masterpieces unfolded over the coming weeks,” said Ogan. “North Carolina continues to grow and make its mark on the national food scene, and competitions such as Fire in the Triangle provide a wonderful platform to showcase all the talent that our great state has to offer.”

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- Tickets for dinners cost $59 excluding beverage, tax and tip. The semi-final and final ticket prices are $69. A 20% gratuity for event service and applicable taxes are being added to the ticket purchase price.

- Semi-finals are the last two challenges before the final competition. Diners can attend as many dinners as they like. Tickets are on sale now at

About Rocky Top Hospitality
Rocky Top Hospitality restaurants have consistently rated among the Triangle’s most popular local dining choices since its first restaurant opened in 1998. The Rocky Top Hospitality name includes a variety of unique restaurant concepts under its umbrella, such as Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar, The Daily Planet Café, Twisted Fork and Rocky Top Catering, a thriving events facility and catering business. Dedicated to supporting the North Carolina economy, all Rocky Top Hospitality restaurant menus items are made with local beef, seafood, poultry, pork, dairy and organic produce, whenever possible. Dishes are made fresh daily, in house by the chefs and never come out of a box, and all beef and pork used are free of growth hormones, additives, antibiotics or chemicals. Named one of the Triangle’s Top Corporate Philanthropist by the Triangle Business Journal, Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality, and his employees are actively involved in giving back to the community and supporting its local efforts. Ogan was named the 2011 Restaurateur of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA). For more information on Rocky Top Hospitality, visit

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