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Saturday, October 1- Cooking Exhibitions

Tantalize your taste buds every hour at the Chefs Tent Exhibition, as 8 chefs create dishes made with local seafood! Seating is available for sampling every hour, and all seats will be cleared at the end of each session for the next 50 guests.

10:00 AM- Basnights Lone Cedar Cafe of Nags Head, Jason Rodriguez
Seafood Selection: Jumping Mullet

11:00 AM- Pescara of Atlantic Beach, Andy Hopper
Seafood Selection: Spanish Mackerel

12:00 PM- The Blond Chef, Amy Brinkley
Seafood Selection: Red Drum

1:00 PM- PCirca 81, Dank Burrito, & Beaufort Olive Oil Co. of Morehead City, Clarke Merrell
Seafood Selection: Black Bass

2:00 PM- Caribsea of Emerald Isle, Patrick Hogan
Seafood Selection: Pink Snapper

3:00 PM- Crabs Claw Restaurant of Atlantic Beach, Kyle Schoden
Seafood Selection: Trout

4:00 PM- Jackie’s American Grille of Emerald Isle
Seafood Selection: Grunt

5:00 PM- TBA
Seafood Selection: Spot

Sunday, October 2- Food Lion Cooking Challenge

Eight prestigious chefs throughout the state select a secret seafood and create mouth-watering dishes for a panel of four judges. The final two competitors will battle to win the coveted Chefs Hat award!

11:00 AM- Starlight Cafe of Greenville, Toby Boutillier vs. Fat Fellas BBQ & Grille of Newport, Jeremy Cannon
Judging 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM

11:50 AM- TBA vs. La Perla Restaurant of Morehead City, Kevin Davis
Judging 12:20 PM – 12:40 PM

12:40 PM- Villedge Restaurant of Greenville, Brandon Qualls vs. Chad Blackwelder of Sanford, Competition Dining Series
Judging 1:10 PM – 1:30 PM

1:30 PM- Brine Haus Meat & Provisions of Raleigh, Steven Goff vs. The Boathouse of Beaufort, Kenny Collins
Judging 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM

Food Lion Cooking Challenge Judges

Ricky Moore: Owner of Saltbox Seafood in Durham & competitor on Food Network’s Iron Chef America

Katie Quine: Our State Magazine’s custom content writer, covering NC’s culture & history

Ryan Stancil: Co-Founder of NC’s Bit & Grain blog & fervent advocate of coastal issues & seafood

Fred Thompson: Publisher of Edible Piedmont & author of several cookbooks including ‘Crazy For Crab’

Amy Brinkley: The Blond Chef Blogger, writing about creating family-friendly, delicious dishes

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  • Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed


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