Chef Kevin Smith of 41Hundred in Raleigh, NC wins the fourth annual Cooking for a Classic tournament after 3 intense rounds of competition and outlasting 7 other chefs to claim the top prize: a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. Cooking for a Classic’s head-to-head showdowns raised money for the Lucy Daniels Center where 100 percent of the proceeds were donated.
At last night's grand finale, March 11, Chef Smith and Chef Kyle Fletcher of Wye Hill in Raleigh, NC worked with their teams to each create an appetizer, entrée and dessert incorporating at least one of the day’s secret ingredients: Seven Springs Pork Shank, Norm’s Farms Elderberry Jam, Elderberry Extract & Elderberry Flowers, Burwell Farms Bianchetto Truffle, and the curve ball ingredient, assorted citrus Jello. Chef Smith’s courses that brought him home the win included:
Appetizer: Three Cheese Ravioli - Burwell Farms white truffle-parsnip puree, pomodoro, basil oil, micro salad
Entrée: Norm’s Farms Elderberry Braised Severn Springs Pork Shank - Burwell Farms white truffle polenta cake, maque choux, Norm’s Farms elderberry jus
Dessert: Buttermilk Chocolate Cake - Italian meringue, Norm’s Farms elderberry panna cotta, citrus Jello gelee, chocolate mousse, macerated strawberry
Each round of competition was held at 1705 Prime, Rocky Top Catering’s premier event venue in Raleigh. Each guest blindly voted on their favorite dish per course without knowing which chef created which one. Thanks to generous donations from sponsors, the event was a huge success. Event sponsors for Cooking for a Classic 2020 include US Foods, Rocky Top Catering, and Overflowing Hands.
About The Lucy Daniels Center
The Lucy Daniels Center (LDC) was founded in 1989 by Dr. Lucy Daniels, a noted author, educator and psychoanalyst. The Center houses the Lucy Daniels School, serving children preschool through grade 5 in a therapeutic educational setting, and a highly sophisticated assessment and treatment facility. The LDC serves more than 700+ children and families each year through the following programs: the Lucy Daniels School (K-Grade 5); SecurePath, family therapy in the community in both English and Spanish; Family Guidance Service (FGS), onsite family therapy; and LDC 4 Early Success, offering workshops and programs for teachers and parents. Almost 70 percent of these families pay less than the actual cost, and one in six receive services for free. The Lucy Daniels Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, meaning that donations to LDC are tax-deductible. More information at https://www.lucydanielscenter.org.
Located at 4100 Main at North Hills St. in Raleigh, 41Hundred is the new concept inside of the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel. 41Hundred offers simply sophisticated, international cuisine crafted by Executive Chef Kevin Smith and team.
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