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Local Dish’s Bratton rises to the top of Battle Strawberries and Cream

Chef Neil Bratton's seared sea scallops with strawberry gnocchi was one of three dishes he served at the Got To Be NC Competition Dining Series May 12. Bratton's win over Vivace sends Local Dish to the final competition May 19.
Chef Neil Bratton's seared sea scallops with strawberry gnocchi was one of three dishes he served at the Got To Be NC Competition Dining Series May 12. Bratton's win over Vivace sends Local Dish to the final competition May 19. NC COMPETITION DINING

Chef Neil Bratton of Local Dish on Main Street in Fort Mill defeated Vivace’s Mike Suppa in Got To Be NC Competition Dining’s City Series May 11 semifinal match up, earning Local Dish a spot in the final competition on May 19.

Final combined scores for the evening were Bratton 29.903, Suppa 27.595.

Bratton’s opponent for the May 19 City Series final will be The Summit Room’s Brent Martin.

In the parallel bracket, Joseph Cornett of The Flipside Café on Highway 21 in Fort Mill earned a May 18 spot in the series final against Steven Goff of Ashville, N.C. Results were not available by press time. Go to fortmilltimes.com or follow @StephMartell on Twitter to find out who won this week’s rounds.

Britt Farms strawberries – both red and green – made their debut in the season’s first fruity face off as the secret local ingredient, accompanied by fresh Greek yogurt and tzatziki from Vaki Karampourniotis in Charlotte.

The highest scoring dish of the evening was Bratton’s seared sea scallops with Britt Farms strawberry gnocchi, Chapel Hill Creamery Calvander and local Greek yogurt cream sauce, which scored 32.732 points. Suppa’s seared North Carolina swordfish with fingerling potatoes, poached Spanish octopus and Brit Farms strawberry radish salad inched ahead with the pro judges by just under a point; Suppa’s combined entree score was 29.786.

The Got To Be NC Competition Dining City Series follows the Triangle Series in Raleigh. Charlotte area battles continue through May 19. The action moves to Winston Salem for the Triad series through June, then to Greenville, South Carolina for the inaugural South Carolina competition through September.

For more, go to competitiondining.com.

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