Monday, January 14, 2013

Asheville Wine & Food Festival presents the 2013 WNC Chefs Challenge

Fourth annual competition to name the
Best Chef in Western North Carolina
beginning February 12, 2013 at the
new Chestnut restaurant in Asheville

The Asheville Wine & Food Festival is proud to present the fourth annual WNC Chefs Challenge. The competition brings together culinary leaders from the region in weekly battles that showcase a special ingredient.
Chestnut restaurant, located at 48 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville, will host the dinners, held each Tuesday from February 12 through April 30, 2013. The finals will follow in August during the Asheville Wine & Food Festival. Parking is conveniently available in the garage at Aloft Hotel at 51 Biltmore Avenue.
“Each year, we spotlight a new restaurant to showcase the culinary atmosphere in Asheville,” said Festival Director Bob Bowles of the new venue. “Chestnut is a beautiful restaurant and within walking distance of popular downtown attractions.”
Diners get to enjoy six plated culinary creations (three from each team) that incorporate a special ingredient and will score each dish. The votes from the audience and a panel of professional chefs, food writers, and culinary experts will determine the night’s winner, who advances to the next round.
Reservations for the WNC Chefs Challenge are $49 per individual, and can be purchased online at or Beverages, sales tax, and gratuity are not included. 
Please encourage your favorite chef to enter or send competitor nominations to Bob Bowles at
The Asheville Wine & Food Festival was established in 2009 out of a desire to celebrate and showcase the area’s chefs, wineries, farmers and food producers. Annual events touch on every facet of regional food and drink, including the WNC Chefs Challenge, Sweet, and The Grand Tasting. As a leader in the farm-to-table movement and home to the most-visited winery in the country, Asheville was voted number 10 in TripAdvisor’s Traveler’ Choice Awards for top food and wine destinations in the United States for 2011. The city features 250 independent restaurants and 12 tailgate markets.
The 2013 nonprofit organization benefiting from the WNC Chefs Challenge is Eliada, a 109-year-old agency serving North Carolina’s children and families. Founded in 1903 by Dr. Lucius B. Compton as a home for women and children, Eliada’s full-service continuum includes 5-star Child Development Services (Pre School, After School, Summer Camp, More at Four); Residential and Day Treatment for children and adolescents; Vocational Education and Transitional Living; Foster Care and Therapeutic Foster Care; and Therapeutic Recreation services. Learn more about Eliada’s history and services by visiting The agency enters its second century with pride, committed to the fulfillment of its mission of Helping Children Succeed.
More information about the festival can be found online at You can also follow through social media including Facebook ( and Twitter (@AVLwinefest).

To enter as a competitor please email and ask for an application. Please hurry as we are almost ready to announce the selected teams!

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