Cooking for a Classic 2020 Announces Chefs Lineup

Cooking for a Classic

Tickets on Sale Now for Fourth Annual Competition Series

Now in its fourth year, the Cooking for a Classic chefs competition, a fundraiser for The Lucy Daniels Center, has announced its lineup for 2020. Eight celebrated chefs will go head to head in a tournament-style event over seven nights in order to claim the top prize: a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette convertible.

The chefs lineup for Cooking for a Classic 2020 is as follows:

  • Monday, Feb. 24 – Eli Rodriguez of so·ca vs. Kevin Smith of 41Hundred at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Blake Gotliffe of Under the Oak vs. Kyle Teears of Whiskey Kitchen
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Kyle Fletcher of Wye Hill vs. Scott Ruzicka of Mia Francesca
  • Thursday, Feb. 27 – Andres Kaifer of Vidrio vs. Carey Ball of STIR

Each chef will prepare three courses with at least one secret ingredient in each dish. Attendees and guest judges will decide which chef will advance in the competition. The winners from round one will face off in the semifinals on March 4 and 5, and the competition will culminate with the grand finale on March 11. All competitions will be held at 1705 East, Rocky Top Catering’s premier event venue located at 1705 East Millbrook Road in Raleigh.

Tickets start at $75 for the First Round, $100 for the Second Round, and $125 for the Finale. Premium tables, table sponsorships and corporate sponsorships are also available. Tickets can be purchased online at

New for 2020, The Lucy Daniels Center is also selling $50 raffle tickets at the events and online for a triple-black loaded 1969 Chevy Camaro. Raffle tickets can be purchased online at

In addition to enjoying fine food and drink, attendees will also be able to bid on special silent auction items. Thanks to generous donations from sponsors, 100% of net proceeds will go to The Lucy Daniels Center. Several of this year’s sponsors include Rocky Top Catering, Overflowing Hands, US Foods, The North Carolina Department of Agriculture, TOPO and Social House.

“Over the past three years, this event has raised over $400,000,” said Josie Sawyer, executive and clinical director of The Lucy Daniels Center. “We have another extraordinary lineup of chefs this year and I encourage local foodies to purchase tickets before they sell out.”

More information about the competition can be found at To learn more about The Lucy Daniels Center, visit



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