StrEATs Neighborhood Cook-Off

Which neighborhood in Charlotte is our culinary champion?

The StrEATs Neighborhood Cook-off Battles return in 2024! In its third year, StrEATs once again chooses eight local chefs to represent their neighborhoods and go head-to-head in a cook-off to win the title of the StrEATs Neighborhood Champion.

Each competitor is tasked to create a dish that best represents their neighborhood. Our preliminary rounds will be virtual. Every week for four weeks, two chefs will share dishes that they think represent their neighborhoods — and you’ll decide who did it better by casting your vote. 

The Schedule

  • Feb. 5-8: West Charlotte v.s. North Charlotte
  • Feb. 12-15: NoDa v.s. Concord
  • Feb. 19-22: Belmont v.s. Fort Mill
  • Feb. 26-29: Uptown v.s. South End

The final four will go on to cook their dish live at the Charlotte StrEATs Festival on Sunday, April 14th. From there, a panel of judges will name two chefs who will go on to the finale which will be emceed by our celebrity chef! The winner will take home $500, a prize pack, a trophy, and the title of the 2024 StrEATs Neighborhood Champion!

Cook-Off Round 3

Voting is now closed for Round 3 of our Neighborhood Cook-Off! Voting will open for Round 4 on Monday!

Belmont


Chef Anthony Denning
Another Food Truck

The Dish
Hot Chicken Smash (Hot Chicken Grilled Cheese)

How does this represent your neighborhood?
“What better representation of an all American town than a grilled cheese? Not just any grilled cheese but stuffed to the brim with flavor? A lot in a small package, this explains Belmont’s small-town charm with a lot to offer.”

vs.

Fort Mill


Chef Amy Fortes
The Flipside Cafe

The Dish
Pistachio-crusted Goat Cheese and Strawberry Salad

How does this represent your neighborhood?
“Fort Mill brings thousands every summer for the Strawberry Festival where people and businesses alike come together to support one another and celebrate the town itself as well as the community and camaraderie that has helped this town grow so much in its 150 years. We’ve had different takes on this salad for the ten years we’ve been open, even when most surrounding places were corporate chain restaurants, and it has always been a favorite of our regulars being a little outside of the box — just like us!”

The 2024 Competitors

West Charlotte

Chef Jamie Barnes
What The Fries/Serving The Culture

vs.

North Charlotte

Chef Courtney Evans
Leah & Louise

Christa Csoka

NoDa

Chef Christa Csoka
The Artisan’s Palate

vs.

Concord

Chef Awo Amenumey
Eh’vivi

Belmont

Chef Anthony Denning
Another Food Truck

vs.

Fort Mill

Chef Amy Fortes
The Flipside Cafe

Uptown

Chef Eric O’Connor
Sea Level NC

vs.

South End

Chef Matt Moore
VINYL


Read about our 2023 Neighborhood Cook-off Champion Chef Clayton with Alyssa’s Kitchen here.

2023 Cook-off winner Clayton Sanders. Photo Credit: TM Petaccia