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Let the Games Begin

Article Published: Dec. 26, 2012 | Modified: Dec. 26, 2012
Let the Games Begin

The Fire on the Rock contest of the ‘Got To Be NC’ Competition Dining Series now features an Asheville component, the winner of which will compete against Blowing Rock’s winner. Competing Asheville chefs include Peter Pollay, Scott Wallace, Adam Hayes, John Strauss, Matthew Miner, Jason Brian, Jason Roy and Mauricio Abreu.

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My, how it has grown.

In less than a decade, the little Blowing Rock chef competition known as Fire on the Rock has now become a statewide endeavor with six prominent regions of North Carolina involved in the fray.
Two of them, Charlotte and Asheville, are new to the competition in 2013.

Now called the “Got To Be NC” Competition Dining Series, the event includes Fire on the Rock in Asheville and Blowing Rock, Fire in the City in Charlotte, Fire on the Dock in the Wilmington-Wrightsville Beach area, Fire in the Triangle in Raleigh and Fire in the Triad in Greensboro. The series is sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Southern Foods-Pate Dawson.

Last week, organizers announced the eight chefs and restaurants that will be competing in the Asheville component of Fire on the Rock, to begin at Lioncrest at Biltmore on Monday, Jan. 14. Each chef will be accompanied by two other cooks to form their restaurant’s chef team.

On Jan. 14, Chef Peter Pollay of Posana will compete against Chef Scott Wallace of Rankin Vault.
On Jan. 15, Chef Adam Hayes of The Red Stag Grill will compete against Chef John Strauss of Hobnob. On Jan. 16, Matthew Miner of The Asheville Public will face Chef Jason Brian of Jack of the Wood. On Jan. 17, Chef Jason Roy of Lexington Avenue Brewery will compete against Chef Mauricio Abreu of Chef Mo’s.

The semifinals will feature the Jan. 14 winner versus the Jan. 15 winner at Lioncrest on Jan. 22, and the Jan. 16 winner versus the Jan. 17 winner on Jan. 23. The finale of the Asheville component of Fire on the Rock will feature the two semifinal winners in a head-to-head competition at Lioncrest on Jan. 30.

All dinners start at 6:30 p.m.

The winner of the Asheville component of Fire on the Rock will face the winner of the Blowing Rock component in a final at Crippen’s Country Inn and Restaurant in Blowing Rock on April 30.

Tickets for Fire on the Rock in Asheville are on sale now. Tickets are $59 per person, excluding beverages, taxes and gratuity. To make reservations, visit

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