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UPDATE: Tickets go on sale 5 p.m. Tuesday for Fire in the Triangle competition

UPDATE:Tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. Tuesday for these events.

This was a very popular event last year so you may want to mark Tuesday on your calendar to get your reservations.

Fire in the Triangle is part of a statewide "Iron Chef"-style cooking competition. Each night of the contest, two chefs have to create three dishes using a secret ingredient revealed to them earlier in the day. Last year, the secret ingredients included blueberries, bacon and Butterball turkeys. Here's where you come in: the public gets to make reservations to eat what the chefs create and help decide the winner. The winners advance to quarterfinals, semifinals and a final where a winner is announced and then competes against the chefs who won similar competitions in Charlotte, Wilmington, Greensboro and Asheville/Blowing Rock. Bonus for Triangle diners: the statewide final will be held in Raleigh in November.

The winners of each of the regional contests win $2,000 and a red chef's jacket.

Fire in the Triangle dinners will be July 8-Aug. 19. The 16 competing chefs have not been announced yet. (That will happen June 24.) Tickets for each dinner cost $59, while tickets for regional semifinal and final rounds are $69.

The Triangle dinners are held at 1705 Prime, 1705 Millbrook Road, where Rocky Top Hospitality has an event space and catering facility.

This is the second year the contest has been held statewide. It was started eight years ago by Jimmy Crippen, the founder of Crippen's Country Inn and Restaurant in Blowing Rock. Last year's Triangle winner was chef Ryan Payne of Weathervane, the restaurant at Southern Season gourmet and housewares store in Chapel Hill.

To purchase tickets, go HERE.

For more information, go HERE.

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