Cooking for A Classic Chef Competition to Benefit Lucy Daniels Center

Raleigh, N.C. – The Lucy Daniels Center is proud to announce the inaugural Cooking for a Classic series. This unique philanthropic event held at 1705 Prime (1705 E. Millbrook Road) in Raleigh throughout February and March will feature the talents of 16 local and regional chefs competing head to head to win a beautifully restored 1969 Corvette Stingray. The competition is structured tournament style, with two chefs paired together each night and the winner advancing to the next round until a champion is crowned.

All proceeds will support the Lucy Daniels Center, a therapeutic education setting and mental health treatment facility for children of preschool- through elementary-school age.

Each chef was chosen through an application process, and tasked with creating a three-course small-plate menu plus a signature cocktail, wine or beer pairing for each course. The chefs compete in pairs, with guests and local celebrity judges at each event voting for their favorite dishes of the evening, and the winner advancing to the next round.

Tickets for each battle start at $50 per person and can be purchased at Doors open at 6 p.m. for a 6:30 seating for each event.

The schedule of first-round chefs’ battles is as follows:

Feb. 20
Dean Thompson/Flights, Raleigh vs. Rich Carter/Catering Works, Raleigh

Feb. 21
Donaldo Guzman/Sitti, Raleigh vs. Nick Fay/Busy Bee Café, Raleigh

Feb. 22
Scott James/The Angus Barn, Raleigh vs. Eric Gephart/Kamado Grille, Raleigh

Feb. 27
Timothy Bocholis/Bistro B Tapas, Kernersville vs. Trey Cleveland/Top of The Hill, Chapel Hill

Feb. 28
Clark Barlowe/Heirloom, Charlotte vs. James Patterson/Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro

March 1
Jonathan Ballard/Sassool, Raleigh vs. Tom Havrish/Lugano Ristorante, Cary

March 6
Adam Pettigrew/Pup’s Steakhouse, Wilson vs. Teddy Klopf/Provenance, Raleigh

March 7
Troy Stauffer/City Club Raleigh vs. RJ St. John/Bull McCabes, Durham

Additional rounds will be scheduled throughout March until the last chef standing receives the keys to the classic Corvette Stingray.

“The generosity of the participating chefs is astounding,” said Don Rosenblitt, executive director of the Lucy Daniels Center. “They are giving their time and talent to help raise funds for the more than 700 school-age children and their families that utilize our services every year. We hope this event will raise more than $200,000.”

“We are extremely pleased to host this unique event which combines two of our passions: food and philanthropy,” said Dean Ogan, owner of 1705 Prime and Rocky Top Hospitality.

In addition to Rocky Top, sponsors of Cooking for a Classic include WRAL Out & About and MOJO Performance Partners. In-kind sponsors include ALSCO, F8 Photo Studios, FreshPoint Produce, Inland Seafood, Libbey, Bauscher Hepp, Jen Rhoton Designs, Locals Seafood, Long Beverage, Prestige Farms, Spin NC, TOPO Spirits, United Restaurant Equipment, and US Foods.

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About The Lucy Daniels Center
The LDC was founded in 1989 by Dr. Lucy Daniels, a noted author, educator and psychoanalyst. The Center houses the Lucy Daniels School, serving children preschool through grade 5 in a therapeutic educational setting, and a highly sophisticated assessment and treatment facility. The LDC serves more than 700+ children and families each year through the following programs: SecurePath, Lucy Daniels School (K-Grade 5); Family Guidance Service (FGS): Strengthening Families; and LDC 4 Early Success: Workshops and Special Programs. Almost 70 percent of these families pay less than the actual cost, and one in six receives services for free. The Lucy Daniels Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, meaning that donations to LDC are tax-deductible. More information at