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Saturday, October 7 – 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- Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe of Nags Head, Ron Kneasel (bio & website)
Seafood Selection: Shrimp

11:00 AM- The Friendly Market of Morehead City, Cameron Simpson (website)
Seafood Selection: Sheep’s Head

12:00 PM- Clawson’s of Beaufort, Jon McGregor & Coreen Robbins (bio & website)
Seafood Selection: Red Drum

1:00 PM- Circa 81, Dank Burrito, & Beaufort Olive Oil Co. of Morehead City, Clarke Merrell (bio & website)
Seafood Selection: Trout

2:00 PM- U.S. Foods Chef, Bob Passarelli (bio & website)
Seafood Selection: King Mackerel

3:00 PM- The Boathouse of Beaufort, Kenny Collins (bio & website)
Seafood Selection: Spanish

4:00 PM- Casa San Carlo, Carlo Cappiello 
Seafood Selection: Mullet

5:00 PM- Island Grille of Atlantic Beach, Joshua Beck (bio & website)
Seafood Selection: Flounder

Sunday, October 8- 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-   Sea Level NC of Charlotte, Jonathan Moore (bio & website)

                        vs. Amos Mosquito’s of Atlantic Beach, Luke Maguire (bio & website)
Judging 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM

11:50 AM-    Heirloom of Charlotte, Clark Barlowe (bio & website)

                         vs. Minoda’s of Morehead City, Jason Minoda (bio)
Judging 12:20 PM – 12:40 PM

12:40 PM-    Dajio of Ocracoke, Doug Eifert (bio & website)

                         vs. Caribsea of Emerald Isle, Patrick Hogan (bio & website)
Judging 1:10 PM – 1:30 PM

1:30 PM-       FORD + SHEP of Greenville, Brandon Qualls, 2016 Cooking Challenge Champion (bio)

                          vs. Pup’s Steakhouse of Wilson, Adam Pettigrew (bio & website)
Judging 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM

2:45 – 3:30 PM- Two Highest Scoring Chefs Compete

3:30 – 4:15 PM – People’s Choice Judging and Announcement of Winner

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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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