Raleigh, N.C.February 14, 2018:   Following a hard-fought culinary battle with Chef Matt Hannon of Ironwood Café in Southern Pines, Chef Dean Thompson of 41 Hundred Lounge at the Raleigh Renaissance Hotel was named the winner of the Second Annual Cooking for a Classic chefs competition. Thompson won a restored 1949 GMC 5-Window classic pickup truck as his prize.

Cooking for a Classic is an annual fundraising event for The Lucy Daniels Center, a nonprofit that helps children live emotionally healthy lives. Thanks to generous donations from sponsors, 100 percent of net proceeds – $70,000 this year – will go to the organization.

The competition featured eight local chefs going head to head in a tournament-style competition over seven evenings at 1705 East, Rocky Top Catering’s event venue in Raleigh. The winning chef each evening moved on to the next round, leading up to the finals on February 7.

For each match, the chefs had to prepare an appetizer, entrée and dessert with at least one secret ingredient in each dish. Attendees voted for their favorite dishes via an app, while guest judges scored the dishes in several categories.

In the finals, Chef Thompson’s offerings of parsnip ravioli, southern fried flounder, and parsnip Snickers torte with parsnip ice cream secured the championship.

“Congratulations to Chef Dean Thompson and his team on their victory,” said Dr. Don Rosenblitt, executive director/clinical director of The Lucy Daniels Center. “Thank you to the talented chefs who participated this year, as well as the servers, attendees, guest judges and wonderful sponsors who made it all possible.”

Rocky Top Catering, MoJo Performance Partners, and WRAL.com Out & About were event supporters for this year’s competition. Corporate sponsors were Fred Anderson Toyota and Overflowing Hands. In-kind sponsors and vendors included CE Rentals, F8 Photo Studios, US Foods, Social House, SPIN NC, TOPO Distillery, Clouds Brewing, Fortnight Brewery, Fullsteam Brewery, Mason Jar Brewery, Mystery Brewery, Mystic Brewery, Neuse River Brewing, New Belgium Brewery, Ponysaurus, Trophy Brewing, and Jen Rhoton Designs.

To learn more about The Lucy Daniels Center, visit www.lucydanielscenter.org.

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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 www.lucydanielscenter.org.


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