This semifinal was Battle Cheese (provided by Boxcarr Handmade Cheese) and Applesauce (courtesy of Heirloom Goodness) and, as has come to be expected in the Competition Dining Series, the chefs brought their A-game—so much so, that the teams were only separated by .02 of a point going into the dessert course. But, as frequently happens in these competitions, dessert proved to be one team’s downfall.
Will Work For Food’s Local Beet and Heirloom Goodness Winesap Applesauce Root Cake with Caramelized White Chocolate Boxcarr Cottonbell Cajeta, Boxcarr Cottonbell Custard, and Winesap
Applesauce Gastrique received a 29.975, whereas Fuquay-Varina’s Finest’s Mountain Apple Cake with Heirloom Goodness Stayman Applesauce and Perry Lowe Orchards Dried Apples, Apple Cider Glaze, Thai Basil Sour Cream Custard, Boxcarr Robiola Wafer scored a devastating 25.775.
With an overall score of 28.909, Will Work For Food bested Fuquay-Varina’s 26.851 final tally and will move on to face the winner of Raleigh’s second bracket in the Raleigh Finale on July 24.