Victory is sweet for Executive Chef Joseph Cornett of The Flipside Café in Fort Mill.
Cornett and his team, Flipside owners Jon and Amy Fortes, won the Got To Be NC Competition Dining’s City Series Championship Monday night against Chef Steven Goff of Asheville, N.C.
Secret local ingredients for Monday’s battle were honey from Cloister Honey of Charlotte and milk from Ran-Lew Dairy, a family farm in Snow Camp, North Carolina specializing in fresh, non homogenized, low temperature pasteurized milk and buttermilk.
Flipside took the lead in all three courses, with weighted scores for appetizer, entrée and dessert of 25.314, 31.897 and 27.503 to Goff’s 23.975, 25.298 and 23.046.
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Cornett’s entrée—Cloister wildflower honey braised applewood smoked pork belly with Ran-Lew Dairy buttermilk cornbread, buttermilk and chorizo panna cotta, ghost pepper whipped honey corn emulsion and A Way of Life Farm sugar snap peas—was the highest scoring dish of the evening, with scores of 32.4 from the pro judges and 31.681 from dinner guests.
Flipside faced Café Monte March 29, The Asbury April 19 and BLT Steak May 5 to advance through the single elimination competitive cook-off. Monday night’s championship victory sends Cornett to the October Battle of Champions in Raleigh with a red chef’s jacket, a handmade chef’s knife from Ironman Forge, and a $2,000 check.
A large pool of Charlotte area culinary talent lead to two parallel brackets in this year’s City Series competition. Neil Bratton of Local Dish on Main Street, Fort Mill faces Brent Martin of The Summit Room tonight to determine a second City Series champion.
Cornett and the winner of tonight’s competition both advance to the Battle of Champions Oct. 28-31 in Raleigh. Reservations are available online at competitiondining.com/events/2015-battle-of-champions.
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