Meet the Chef: Chef Ryan Conklin, Triangle Series Champion

If you haven’t been to a Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series competition yet, if you were lucky enough to reserve your seat for the sold out Battle of the Champions you are in for quite a treat. We are excited to fill you in on what the five competing chefs are all about. First up, Chef Ryan Conklin!

Ryan Conklin (Raleigh)Meet Chef Ryan Conklin

Champion: Triangle Series
From: Rex Health in Triangle Area

In the words of Chef Ryan: My cooking style is cooking for the masses every day, I am encouraged to keep things fresh and exciting for our customers. Over time this has helped to craft a style that blends 4 things: simple, fresh, healthy, approachable.

The NC ingredients I use include sweet potatoes, kale, cheese, peanuts and more depending on season.

My competitive advantage is that I represent a handful of chefs in the region and nation that are truly passionate about elevating the reputation of “hospital food.” When you mix that passion with talent, technique and poise, I believe anything is possible.

Being the local-centric magazine we are, we just had to find out what Chef Ryan’s favorite spots were around town!

How long have you lived in Raleigh? I’ve lived in the Raleigh area for the last 8 years
Were you born in Raleigh? If not, where are you originally from? I’m originally from Warwick, NY, which is located about 50 miles north of NYC
Favorite Local Restaurant: Pho Vietnam- Cary
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Camping at Falls Lake
Favorite Local Park: Pullen Park with my kids
Favorite Local Cupcake/Dessert/Bakery Shop: Sweet Cheeks Bakery in Apex
Favorite Local Landmark: PNC Arena for a Hurricanes game
Favorite Local Museum: NC Museum of History
Favorite Local Food Truck: Chirba Chirba
Favorite Local Beer/Brewery: Aviator- Fuquay Varina
Favorite Local Shop/Boutique: NC State Fairgrounds Flea Market

Stay tuned to meet the rest of the chefs!

The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, a single-elimination tournament highlighting the best of the Carolina’s food, agriculture and culinary talent, is gearing up for its Battle of Champions series in which five top regional chefs will battle it out to take home the coveted annual championship title. Foodies from the Carolinas and beyond are invited to attend the four live dinner events Oct. 28 to 31 in Raleigh, savoring the full-service, six-course meals and serving as judges. Tickets to these interactive battles are now sold out, check out to learn more about the events.

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