StrEATs Neighborhood Cook-Off

Curated by The Plaid Penguin

Which neighborhood in Charlotte is our culinary champion?

Congratulations to StrEATs Neighborhood Cook-off Champion Clayton Sanders! Chef Clayton with Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen represented LoSo!

Photo by: Ryan Allen

Chef Clayton took home $500, a prize pack, a trophy, and the title of the 2023 StrEATs Neighborhood Champion! Read more about the live cook-off on Unpretentious Palate.

Huge thank you to all of our StrEATs Neighborhood Cook-off contenders! And a big thank you to our emcee Chef Alex Guarnaschelli!

The Neighborhood Cook-off curated by The Plaid Penguin, tasked eight local chefs to represent their hoods and go head-to-head in a cook-off to win the title of the StrEATs Neighborhood Champion. The competitors created a dish that best represents their neighborhood. See the competitors below.

The competitors

Round 1

Chef Brandon Sarkis

Representing Plaza Midwood

Home base: Grinning Mule

Chef Chayil Johnson

Representing Third Ward

Home base: Community Matters Cafe

Round 2

Voting Open: March 12-16th

Chef Brenton Ebersold

Representing North Charlotte

Home base: Bleu Barn NC

Chef Edwin Cruz

Representing Fourth Ward

Home base: Arbol Eatery

Round 3

Voting open: March 20-23rd

Chef Joya

Representing South Charlotte

Home base: Cooking with Joya

Chef Scott Wallen

Representing Uptown

Home base: Mimosa

Round 4

Voting Open: March 27-30th

Chef Clayton Sanders

Representing LoSo

Home base: Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

Chef Ammalu Saleh

Representing East Charlotte

Home base: Goodly Eating