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And the Charlotte chef competition winners are...

Cornett’s dish.
Cornett’s dish. Got to be NC Dining Competition

Joseph Cornett of The Flipside Café and Brent Martin of The Summit Room won semifinal matchups to become co-Charlotte-division champions in the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series.

Both advance to this fall’s finals, facing champions from Winston-Salem (happening May-July) and Greenville, S.C. (August-September), for a chance at the final prize. The contest, founded and hosted by restaurateur Jimmy Crippen, is sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and highlights N.C. ingredients in every match.

Cornett and Martin each won $2,000, a handmade chef’s knife from Ironman Forge and a red chef jacket.

The semifinals:

May 18

Matchup: Joseph Cornett of The Flipside Café and Steven Goff from Asheville.

Featured ingredients: Ran-Lew Dairy cream top milk, buttermilk and chocolate milk, and Cloister wildflower honey and ghost pepper whipped honey.

Highest scoring dish of the night: 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 and A Way of Life Farm sugar snap peas (Cornett).

Bracket One Champion: Cornett, 28.23616519 to 24.09538012.

May 19

Matchup: Neil Bratton of Local Dish and Brent Martin of The Summit Room.

Featured ingredients: Ran-Lew Dairy cream top milk, buttermilk and chocolate milk, and Cloister wildflower honey and ghost pepper whipped honey.

Highest scoring dish of the night: Benton’s bacon-spinach mezzalunas, Ran-Lew Dairy cream top goat cheese alfredo, Cloister wildflower honey glazed crispy kale chips and butter poached lobster (Bratton).

Bracket Two Champion: Martin, 27.31045455 to 26.14162304.

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