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Tuesday night was the second QUARTERFINAL Fire in the Triad dinner between Chef John Bobby of Noble's Grille in Winston-Salem and Chef Juan Guzman of J. Pepper's in Kernersville. A Forsyth County showdown between two young chefs. Both went headfirst into the flames with sharp knives and induction burners blazing down at the kitchen of the Empire Room in Downtown Greensboro.
|(left) John Bobby of Noble's Grille; (right) Chef Juan Guzman of J. Pepper's Southern Grill|
The local professional guest judges for the night: David Bailey, senior editor of O.Henry Magazine, Kelly Davis of FoodieFresh food blog and Leah Wolfe, Southeast Regional Manager at Kabobs, Inc.
The night's featured ingredient had everyone swooning, swaying and anticipating the onslaught of dishes to come: Chocolate! Chocolate from Mona Lisa Chocolate in Hendersonville, NC. White, dark and milk chocolate was available to each chef.
Let the games begin!
|Poached Lobster and Quinoa Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms, Fennel, Pine Nuts, White Chocolate Béchamel & Candied Bacon, Truffle Oil|
|Can you see it?|
|There it is! My lobster.|
|Braised Smoked Bacon, Barley-Wild Mushroom-Cipollini-Agrodolce Salad, White Chocolate-Cipollini Nage|
|Pulled Pork with Dark Chocolate BBQ Sauce, Sweet Potato and White Chocolate Puree & Pickled Vegetables, Grilled Flatbread and Apple Gremolata|
|Cast Iron Filet, Celebrity Dairy Goat Cheese Brulee, Grilled Fennel-Radish-Spinach Soubise, Dark Chocolate Demi|
|Chocolate Genoise with Light Chocolate Cream, Strawberry Coulis & White Chocolate Smoothie|
At this point of the night, the score difference separating the two chefs was .06! each course was evenly matched. No one dish was clearly better than the other. It was going to be a close call.
|Vanilla Sponge Milk Chocolate Almond Crunch, Chocolate Cream, Sea Salt|
I'm going to fork you and think about you. All night long #CompDiningNC twitter.com/NikSnacks/stat…
— Nik Snacks (@NikSnacks) June 5, 2013
In the end, it was Chef John Bobby who pushed it out and prevailed over Battle Mona Lisa Chocolate!
|Congratulations, Chef Bobby!|
Visit Competition Dining for dish-by-chef photos, tickets and other information!
The next Forsyth County battle begins Monday, June 11 between Mark Grohman of Meridian and Timothy Bocholis of Bistro B in Kernersville. Which locale will reign supreme? The Twin City? K-Vegas?