The first preliminary round of the chef showdown with her today at the Carteret County Community College.
The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association hosted the competition for the fourth year.
Students were able to shadow eight chefs as they competed in today’s culinary competition.
The purpose of the competition was to showcase the talent of the chefs from all across the state.
Amanda Ezzell, a chef from Duplin County, said, “I was thankful for the opportunity to be chosen and to be able to represent. I’m happy overall to just be in the kitchen with the amazing chefs that are here today, it’s an incredible opportunity.”
The competition runs through August with the finale in September.