Two local chefs will be among the competitors in a bracket-style, head-to-head cook-off competition next week.
Carolina Crossroads’ Executive Chef James Clark and Chef Lemar Farrington of La Residence Restaurant & Bar will compete in the Fire in the Triangle cook-off next week. Though the two will not initially be competing against each other, they may get the chance if each makes it to the next round.
The chefs will battle head-to-head against one competitor to create a three-course meal revolving around a secret ingredient, which they will learn on the day of the competition.
“It could be corn, it could be chocolate, it could be jalapenos,” Clark said.
“But you know, it could be one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people-eaters.
“The great thing about being a chef is … you’ve got to be business-savvy, but you’ve got to get in there and create with what you have around you.”
Farrington said past secret ingredients include peaches, heirloom tomatoes, bacon, grits and shrimp, among others.
Diners at the competition will taste each of the dishes and vote for their favorite chef using a smartphone app. The guests’ vote counts for 70 percent, while the competition’s judges’ votes will count for 30 percent.
Farrington said he applied for the competition in hopes of competing against his former boss at a previous job.