Payne will be offering his winning menu from Battle Cheese from Aug. 16-18, and the menu from the competition's final, Battle Grits and Chocolate, from Aug. 23-25. Call 919-929-9466 for a reservation at the Chapel Hill restaurant inside Southern Season.
Payne survived three rounds to get to the finals. He beat chef Chris Harris of Raleigh's Fork and Barrel in "Battle Country Ham." He bested chef Scott James of Raleigh's Midtown Grille in "Battle Angus Beef." He won "Battle Cheese" against chef Adam Rose of Chapel Hill's Il Palio. Then Payne won in the finals against Herons chef de cuisine John Childers in a battle involving grits and chocolate. He walked away with $2,000 and a red chef's jacket declaring him the winner.
This was the first year for Iron Chef-style competition that originated in Blowing Rock to come to the Triangle. It pitted 16 chefs against each other in various ingredient battles. Diners and judges helped choose the winner after each six-course meal.
Tickets are still available for the Fire in the Triad competition, which starts Monday in Greensboro. For more information and tickets, go HERE.