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It’s get-your-ticket time for the hottest show in town — AND there’s a bonus in it for you, if you shop by Dec. 24 for the eight-chef Cooking for a Classic competition!

After a successful debut in 2017, The Lucy Daniels Center announces the lineup for the 2018 Cooking for a Classic event, which pits eight culinary masters in head-to-head matchups to win a restored classic 1949 GMC five-window pickup truck.

Tickets are on sale now, with a special incentive – for every ticket sold by Dec. 24, the purchaser gets a chance to win a $100 gift card.

Here’s the 2018 chef lineup:

Monday, Jan. 22 – Chef Troy Stauffer of City Club, Raleigh vs. Chef Matt Hannon of Ironwood Cafe, Southern Pines

Tuesday, Jan. 23 – Chef Jonathan Ballard of Dean’s Kitchen+Bar, Cary, vs. Chef James Patterson of McConnell Golf Dining Team, Raleigh

Wednesday, Jan. 24 – Chef Trey Cleveland of Top of the Hill, Chapel Hill vs. Chef Aaron Matyac of Whiskey Kitchen, Raleigh

Thursday, Jan. 25 – Chef Dean Thompson of Raleigh Renaissance Hotel, Raleigh vs. Chef Nick Fay of Coquette, Raleigh.

All competitions will be held at 1705 East, Rocky Top Catering’s event venue located at 1705 E. Millbrook Road in Raleigh. The competition is structured like a tournament, and each winning chef in the first round will move on to round two on Jan. 29-30.

The Cooking for a Classic champion will be crowned on Feb. 7 and take home the classic pickup truck.

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. Tickets start at $75, and all proceeds benefit The Lucy Daniels Center.

“Last year’s Cooking for a Classic was a tremendous success and helped us raise $80,000,” said Don Rosenblitt, executive director of The Lucy Daniels Center. “I think tickets would make great holiday gifts or stocking stuffers. Not only will you get a great meal, you’ll have a fun time and help a good cause.”

Find more information about the competition at

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