Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Competition Dining: The Championship Round 2015

The championship round for Competition Dining has been completed. The finals, held over Halloween weekend in Raleigh, pitted Chef Brent Martin of The Summit Room in Charlotte v. Chef Ryan Conklin of REX Healthcare in Raleigh.

I have been amazed at Ryan Conklin's work. I had no idea an institutional chef could produce the level of quality he does. There were no weak dishes from either chef. I scored one each with over 30 points (out of 40), including some 5 ratings (the highest) for presentation and a few other criteria. One each from each chef scored lower, but not low. My ratings for Chef Conklin were higher than for Chef Martin, but I did not find that out until the winner was announced.

Now I have mixed feelings. I don't want to get sick enough to go the hospital. But if I have to go, I want to be assigned to Rex!

Events were held at the Renaissance hotel, North Hills, Raleigh. As in the past, the staff did a great job of handling capacity crowds. Service was smooth and well paced. Go to for full information.

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