If you’re anything like me, you’re obsessed with all those cooking shows where they pit chefs up against each other as they battle for who can make the best meal out of the provided ingredients. There’s just something about high-stress food porn drama that excites me more than any episode of RHOA could ever do.
Introducing the Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best of the state’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, will pit 14 highly competitive chefs against each other in its upcoming tournament in Greenville, the first time it’s been held in South Carolina. All of the 13 interactive battles will be hosted at Larkin’s Sawmill from Aug. 3 through Sept. 7, and tickets are now available.
How it Works: In every Competition Dining dinner, two chef teams battle it out preparing three courses each centered on a featured regional ingredient that is revealed the morning of the event. Ticketed guests savor a full-service, six-course meal without knowing which chef prepared which dishes. Unlike any other cooking competition, attendees vote on each course using a free app, and ultimately help determine who moves on to the next battle round and who goes home.
Series competitors are randomly assigned to brackets. Two random competitors received a bye to automatically advance to the second round. The Greenville preliminary match-up battles include:
August 3 Dinner:
August 4 Dinner:
August 10 Dinner:
August 11 Dinner:
August 17 Dinner:
August 18 Dinner:
The two chefs receiving a bye include:
- Bo Wilder of Henry’s Smokehouse in Greenville (Wednesday, August 19)
- Edward A. Wallace of Adventures In Taste in Easley (Monday, August 24)
“Since we started these battles, Competition Dining Series has hosted hundreds of chefs and thousands of community members in North Carolina,” said Jimmy Crippen, Competition Dining Series founder and host. “We’re thrilled to do the same in Greenville with the launch of our first South Carolina series. We have chefs from here in Greenville and all over the region, and it’s sure to be a highly competitive tournament.”
Competition Dining is unlike any other dinner experience in the country. All Greenville events are held at Larkin’s Sawmill in Greenville. Tickets to attend a battle range from $55 to $75 each and don’t include beverages, taxes and service fee. Guests can attend as many dinners as they like and tickets must be purchased by midnight the day before a battle.