School Of Fire


In the same vein as Iron Chef Japan and professional wrestling, manna avenue and PARALLELLOGRAM present a live, theatrical, audio/visual, culinary competition.

The Competitors:                      Jameson Chavez vs. Alex Morgan

Jameson Chavez is a promising young chef that’s equipped with a dangerous double-edged sword of baking mastery and Southwestern styling’s.  He’s trained under Iron Chef contestant Martin Rios of Restaurant Martin in Santa Fe, NM, and currently creates at Manna.

Alex Morgan is an ingredient driven expert in the flavors of the South.  He’s trained under Iron Chef contestant Ashley Christensen at Poole’s Dinner in Raleigh, NC and has learned and created at many Wilmington restaurants including Café Phoenix, Portland Grille, and Tango du Chat.  This competition will be the last opportunity for Wilmingtonians to experience this talent before he departs to expand his culinary horizons in Denver, Co.

The Competition:     The Chefs creatively create 3 dishes a piece using 5 secret ingredients which are dramatically revealed at the start of the evening.  They’re judged on these dishes by…

The Judges:     Liz Biro  --  Star News food critique.     Val Mason  --  Culinary Technology Director at Cape Fear Community College.     Dusty Ricks  --  A man who knows how to eat, and also owns Satellite Bar and Lounge.

The Audience: Each judge controls 25% of the vote, meaning the final ¼ of the vote belongs to the Audience  --  The Chef’s will be pre-creating 3 items a piece for the audience to get their fill of and judge, thus putting the deciding factor into the hands of the people.   The use of the following ingredients will be required for this portion of the event.  Cornish Hens, Ginger, White Chocolate, Coconut Milk, and Fennel.

Hosts: Culinary Entrepreneurs Jacob Hilbert (manna) and Kyle McKnight (Circa 1922) will sprinkle us with laughter and cooking knowledge as they lead us through the evening and into the psyche of the competitors.

Live correspondent: Billy Mellon (manna) will be in the kitchen constantly interviewing/ harassing the Chefs, and in the audience letting the people’s voice be heard.

Live Audio / Video interaction: To keep the audience updated on what’s happening in the kitchen, Parallellogram will be narrowcasting video feeds, live television style, to large LCD TV’s in the dinning room and bar area, thus creating a multimedia/culinary event like no other.

Tickets can be purchased at manna avenue on 123 Princess St. or on their website Tickets are $45 pre-event or $50 day of.  Part of the proceeds goes to the Cape Fear Community College Culinary Technology Program.

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