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The FIFTH preliminary Fire in the Triad dinner took place Tuesday night, putting another Winston-Salem chef on top of the culinary world for a brief moment in time. Fire in the Triad veteran, Chef Mark Grohman of Meridian versus Chef Mack Parker of Diamondback Grill in Winston-Salem both rocked it out in the kitchen at The Empire Room in Downtown Greensboro. Meet the chefs below:
|(left) Mark Grohman, Meridian; (right) Mack Parker, Diamondback|
And it's time to talk about dinner. What's the featured ingredient? What's for dinner? Beef!
Certified Angus Beef, it's what's for dinner! The chefs were given top blade (also known as flat iron steak) and boneless chuck flap (kind of near the short ribs, but not really [I'm a cook, not a butcher, please don't judge me]) to use for our dining pleasure.
|Blade Steak Carpaccio, Pickled Golden Beet & Shallot Salad, Pink Peppercorn Aioli|
|Certified Angus Beef® Blackened Blade Steak Salad, Red & Yellow Heirloom Tomatoes, Grilled Crimini Mushrooms, Oven Roasted Radish, Double Berry Champagne Vinaigrette|
|Certified Angus Beef® Sirloin Chuck Flap Ragout, Grilled Oyster Mushrooms, Sweet Potato Mascarpone Pierogi, Balsamic Roasted Cipolinni Onions and Crispy Fried Sage|
|Sorry, it's not pretty, but I needed you to see this ragout.|
|Ponzu Marinated Grilled Certified Angus Beef® Chuck Flap Steak, Michigan Dried Cherry Black Quinoa Pilaf, Grilled Bok Choy, Sweet Ginger Demi Glace, Golden Beet Gaufrette|
|Red Wine & Coriander Braised Certified Angus Beef® Sirloin Chuck Flap, Carolina Bleu Cheese & Fennel Gratin, Black Garlic & White Truffle Butter|
|Certified Angus Beef® Chuck Flap & Calibot Chocolate Bread Pudding, Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream, Almond Brittle|
When the scores were being tallied and displayed for all to see, it was soon apparant that Chef Mark Grohman and his team were the winners of battle Certified Angus Beef. It's good to know we now have TWO Winston-Salem chefs in the running for Fire in the Triad semifinals. Will Chef Travis Myers of River Birch Lodge made it a trio? On May 29, we'll find out!
For a complete breakdown of the night's scores, dishes, and additional photos, please visit Competition Dining.
Stay tuned tomorrow to read about the winner of tonight's battle between Chef Timothy Bocholis of Bistro B in Kernersville and Chef Chris Russell of B. Christopher's in Burlington. The B's definitely have it!