Chefs Lineup Announced for Cooking for a Classic 2019

Tickets on Sale Now for Chefs Competition Benefiting The Lucy Daniels Center

Raleigh, N.C., Dec. 18, 2018 – The Lucy Daniels Center, which helps children live emotionally healthy lives, is pleased to announce the lineup for the Cooking for a Classic 2019 chefs competition. The third outing of the only remaining head-to-head chefs competition series in the Greater Triangle Area will match eight distinguished chefs in a tournament-style culinary showdown to win their choice of a restored classic 1982 JEEP Scrambler or $15,000 cash. Tickets are on sale now and would make great holiday presents for local foodies.

The lineup for 2019 is as follows:

Monday, Feb. 25 – Teddy Diggs of Coronato versus Ryan Grimm of Watersview

Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Matt Hannon of Ashten’s versus Bo Peterson of Primal Food and Spirits

Wednesday, Feb. 27 – Jake Wood of 18 Seaboard versus Jonathan Blackley of Prestonwood Country Club

Thursday, Feb. 28 – Andrew Smith of bu*ku versus Orlando Jinzo of The Leadmine


Previous winners include Chef Rich Carter of Catering Works and Chef Dean Thomspon, now with Prestonwood Country Club.

All competitions will be held at 1705 East, Rocky Top Catering’s premier event venue located at 1705 East Millbrook Road in Raleigh. Tickets start at $75 for the First Round, $100 for the Second Round (March 4 and 5) and $125 for the Finale (March 11). Premium tables of 8 are available. Tickets are available at

Each chef will prepare three courses with at least one secret ingredient in each dish. Attendees and guest judges will decide which chef will advance in the competition. Each evening will also include a bar featuring local brews, spirits and wines – with all proceeds benefiting LDC – and silent auctions for exclusive custom-designed dining packages provided by some of the Triangle’s greatest chefs and restaurants.

Thanks to generous donations from sponsors, 100 percent of net proceeds will go to the Lucy Daniels Center. Event and media sponsors for Cooking for a Classic 2019 include US Foods, Rocky Top Catering, MoJo Performance Partners, Out & About, 96.1BBB and the Triangle Business Journal. In-kind sponsors include ALSCO, TOPO, Social House, Trophy Brewing Co., SpinNC, f8 Photo Studios, and Jen Rhoton Designs.

“We’ve set a very ambitious goal of raising $150,000 this year,” said Don Rosenblitt, executive director of The Lucy Daniels Center. “Attendees from previous years will tell you that this event provides great food and entertainment, all for a great cause. Get your tickets now before they sell out.”

More information about the competition can be found at, or visit

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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: the Lucy Daniels School (K-Grade 5); SecurePath, family therapy in the community in both English and Spanish; Family Guidance Service (FGS), onsite family therapy; and LDC 4 Early Success, offering workshops and programs for teachers and parents. 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