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3rd Annual King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge in Highlands NC

Executive Chef at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Johannes Klapdohr will defend his title at the 2012 King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge on March 17th at The Farm at Old Edwards.

Executive Chef at Old Edwards Inn and Spa Johannes Klapdohr will defend his title at the 2012 King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge on March 17th at The Farm at Old Edwards. One competitor vying for the crown will be James Beard Foundation Award finalist Chef John Fleer of Canyon Kitchen in Lonesome Valley. This is the third year for this exciting culinary event and both previous years have been an incredible experience of food, wine and entertainment.

In this ‘Iron Chef’ style competition; four chefs battle the clock—and each other—to produce several mouth-watering dishes in front of a live audience in an open kitchen. Each round of the competition ensues for a full 45 minutes after the chefs discover the three mystery ingredients (per round).

The Competition: Unlike the Food Network show where the Chefs have 45 minutes to ponder their creations, the King of the Mountain Chef Challenge keeps the mystery ingredients a secret until the very moment that each heat begins. The chefs then go to work, making notes, grabbing ingredients and equipment, and assembling their menus in their heads. The gas-stove flames jump to life, and the heat is on.

Heat One: Competing in Heat One will be Chef Nicholas Figel 2011 runner up and the 2010 King of the Mountain winner against either James Beard Award Finalist Chef John Fleer or Chef Mathew S. Kowal Chef/Owner Gamekeepers Tavern.

Heat Two:  Chef Johannes Klapdohr 2011 King of the Mountain winner will meet his challenger.

Heat Winners Announcement: At the conclusion of the second heat both heat winners will be announced.

Final Challenge:  The winners of Heats One and Two will face off in the final competition for the honor of being crowned 2012 King of Mountain.

The Competing Chefs: Chef Johannes Klapdohr Winner 2011 King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge, Executive Chef, Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Highlands; Chef Nicholas Figel Winner 2010 King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge, Owner/Chef Cyprus Restaurant, Highlands; Chef John Fleer, 2011 James Beard Award Finalist, Executive Chef Canyon Creek Restaurant, Sapphire; and Chef Matt Kowal, Owner/Chef Gamekeeper’s Tavern, Sapphire.

Judges: All three culinary competitions will be judged by three exceptionally talented and accomplished culinary experts including: Ms. Shelley Skiles Sawyer, Managing Food Editor, Flavors Magazine; Chef Denny Trantham, Executive Chef, Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa; and Chef Kevin Outzs, Executive Chef, The Spotted Trotter in Atlanta, Georgia.