Flipside Café, Summit Room Chefs Win Cookoff

Chefs Joseph Cornett and Brent Martin will compete in statewide contest later this year
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The winning team from The Flipside Café with their winnings.

The final cookoffs in the #GotToBeNC Competition Dining Series took place this week, crowning a champion chef in each bracket of the contest. The first went to Chef Joseph Cornett of The Flipside Café, who had chefs/owners of Flipside Jon and Amy Fortes cooking alongside him. The victory stretched Chef Jon Fortes' winning streak to three years; he won the last two years with Mimosa Grill, and went on to win the statewide contest last year. 

Chef Brent Martin of The Summit Room, on the other hand, lost his only battle in last year's competition, and appears to have learned a lot in that effort, winning contests against Bank of America Stadium, Dogwood, and Local Dish to earn the title of champion.

Each of the champion chefs gets $2,000, a red winners' chef jacket, and a chef's knife made by Charlotte's own Ironman Knives. The contest heads to Winston-Salem next, and Competition Dining Series finals will take place in October. Here's how the last two battles went down:

Monday, May 18:
Chefs: Chef Joseph Cornett of The Flipside Café vs. Chef Steven Goff from Asheville
Bracket One Champion: Cornett, with a score of 28.23616519 to Goff's 24.09538012
Featured ingredient: Ran-Lew Dairy cream top milk, buttermilk and chocolate milk, and Cloister wildflower honey and ghost pepper whipped honey
Audience pick: Cornett (29.280) over Goff (24.336)
Pro pick: Cornett (25.800) over Goff (23.533)
Cornett’s highest-scoring dish of the night (pictured at right): Cloister Wildflower Honey Braised Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Pork Belly, Ran-Lew Dairy Buttermilk Cornbread, Buttermilk-San Guiseppe Spanish Chorizo Panna Cotta, Cloister Ghost Pepper Whipped Honey-Corn Emulsion, A Way of Life Farm Sugar Snap Peas (weighted score: 31.897)

Tuesday, May 19:
Chefs: Chef Neil Bratton of Local Dish vs. Chef Brent Martin of The Summit Room
Bracket Two Champion: Martin, with a score of 27.31045455 to Bratton’s 26.14162304
Featured ingredients: Ran-Lew Dairy cream top milk, buttermilk and chocolate milk, and Cloister wildflower honey and ghost pepper whipped honey
Audience pick: Bratton (27.131) over Martin (26.979)
Pro pick: Martin (28.083) over Bratton (23.833)
Martin’s highest-scoring dish of the night (pictured at right): Cloister Ghost Pepper Whipped Honey Glazed Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork Belly, Chimichurri, Ran-Lew Dairy Cream Top Milk-Sweet Corn-Cauliflower Pudding, Cream Top Milk Paneer, Tomato-Cipollini Onion Agrodolce (weighted score: 28.079)

Categories: Dine & Dish, Food + Drink