Since June 23, chefs from across Raleigh-Durham have battled it out in Fire in the Triangle.  The tension is building as the competition enters into the quarter-finals.  There are 8 chefs left in the competition, fighting for the chance to compete against other regional winners this November in the Final Fire in Raleigh. 

On Tuesday night, July 15th Spencer Carter of Weathervane and Younes Sabouh of City Kitchen, both of Chapel Hill, NC will go head to head for a spot in the semi-finals.  I’m very confident this battle will be one for the history books with both chefs representing the same town. 

The Fire in the Triangle competition provides 1-2 ingredients that come from a North Carolina farmer or artisan producer for each chef to use in their dishes.  The ingredients are revealed the day of the competition.  I’m sure Carter is very comfortable in this setting considering he grew up with grandparents who used a “farm to table” cooking style.  A graduate of the Art Institute in Charlotte with international culinary training and years of experience as an Executive Chef, Carter is a strong contender.  As a native of Marrakesh Morocco and culinary experience from France, Younes Sabouh is also bringing international flare to the competition. Sabouh prepares City Kitchen dishes using only the freshest local ingredients.

Both Carter and Sabouh have excelled in the competition, sending their opponents home in previous rounds.  On June 25, Carter defeated Nunzio Scordo of Driftwood Southern Kitchen.  The secret ingredient was Fullsteam Brewery Cackalacky Beer and Cackalacky Spice Sauce.  Five days later Sabouh defeated Christopher Hill of The Oxford by mesmerizing the audience with his culinary manipulation of High Rock Farm Blackberries and Thompson Orchards Peaches.

The battle between Carter and Sabouh will no doubt be a clash of the titans.  The Got to Be NC Competition Dining series provides chefs in our great state a platform to showcase their talents.  This is the only place where you will be able to experience a six course five star meal.  Don’t get so lost in the food that you forget what’s most important.  You have to rate each chef’s dish to determine the winner!  Get your tickets here.  See you there.

Cackalacky Hummingbird Cake, Fullsteam Brewery Cackalacky Beer Nuts, White Peach Beer Gel, Cackalacky Cream Cheese Icing

Spencer Carter of Weathervane

Fried Manchester Farms Quail Breast, High Rock Farms Blackberry Cornbread, Walnuts, Thompson Orchards Peach Barbecue Sauce, Crispy Heritage Farms Bacon

Younes Sabouh of City Kitchen


Spencer Carter vs. Younes Sabouh

July 15th

6:30pm - 10:00pm

1705 Prime
1705 E Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27609