Iron Chef Challenge this Saturday at the Midtown Farmers’ Market!

The North Hills Commons will be alive with activity this Saturday with the Iron Chef Challenge!  From 9-1130am, Chefs from North Hills restaurants will be using ingredients from the Midtown Farmers’ Market to create culinary delights and compete for the winning prize! 

Media Contact: Katherine Knott –, 919-719-5460

Schedule of Events

1.      The ‘secret ingredients’ will be announced at 9am. Chefs will then have 20 minutes to shop the market for additional ingredients/supplies. 

2.      Cooking will take place 9:30am to 10:30am. Chefs are preparing 2 signature courses. 

3.      Courses will be ready/judged 10:30 to 11am, with winners being announced shortly thereafter. 


  1. Coquette Brasserie – Beth Littlejohn, Executive Chef
  2. The Cowfish – Ryan Stewart, Head Chef
  3. Flights – Anthony Zinani, Executive Sous Chef
  4. Mia Francesca – Zachary Vangaasbeek, Executive Chef
  5. the Q Shack – Rodney Lloyd, Head Chef


  1. Kathy Hanrahan – WRAL Out&About, Editor 
  2. Liza Roberts – Walter Magazine, Editor in Chief
  3. Fred Thompson – Edible Piedmont, Publisher and Food Writer
  4. Tara Robbins – Midtown Raleigh Alliance, Director
  5. Travis Aptt – Midtown Magazine, Creative Director 

About Midtown Farmers’ Market:   2013 marked the 6th season for the Midtown Farmers’ Market at North Hills. This lively neighborhood market, located in the heart of Midtown is run by Midtown Events and sponsored by Duke Raleigh Hospital. The Market features 45+ vendors selling local farm-fresh produce, meats, seafood, cheeses, baked goods and other specialty foods and crafts. This year, the Market is held every Saturday from April 13 to October 26, 8 am to Noon on the Commons at North Hills.

At the Midtown Farmers’ Market, we strive each Saturday to answer the ever-pressing question of, “Who’s your farmer?” As a ‘growers only’ market, vendors are only permitted to sell items which they themselves have produced. This means that the vendors at Market truly are ‘your farmers’ and that each vendor has an in depth, working knowledge of his/her products.

By providing farmers with a place to sell their wares, educate consumers about their farms, growing practices, and the importance of farmland, the Midtown Farmers’ Market promotes the preservation of the family farm. And, with so many fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins, handmade canned goods free of preservatives, made with only natural, farm fresh ingredients – think: jelly, salsa, and BBQ sauce – and weekly fitness programs and other activities, it’s true, a visit to the Midtown Farmers’ Market really “Does a Body Good!”