In photos: Whacked! culinary competition creates amazing dishes out of secret ingredients

TOUGH COMPETITION: At last year's event, chef Joe Mitchell of Chestnut restaurant worked on prying open the jaws of a cooked lamb's head — the competition's secret ingredient. Photo by Pat Barcas

Three teams competed and chef Joe Mitchell of Chestnut restaurant led his team to victory in the April 22 Whacked! culinary competition during the Mountain Area Restaurant Show at FRS.

Mitchell led team Nut in raising money for Henderson County Schools. Chef Steven Goff, formerly of King James Public House, led the Cougars, who raised money for Asheville City Schools. And Chef Reza Satayesh of Rezas restaurant led team Wild. The Cougars picked up second place, while team Wild took third in the very close competition.

 

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About Pat Barcas
Pat is a photojournalist and writer who moved to Asheville in 2014. He previously worked for a labor and social rights advocacy newspaper in Chicago. Email him at pbarcas@gmail.com. Follow me @pbarcas

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