Chefs/Restaurants


     Meet the Chefs

James Archer, Executive Chef at the Durham Convention Center
http://www.durhamconventioncenter.com/index.php
Culinary Institute of America Graduate

Jason Smith, Chef/Founder Founder of 18 Seaboard, Cantina 18 and Harvest 18
http://www.18restaurantgroup.com/chef/
Serves on the board for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and the North Carolina Symphony

Julia McGovern, Chef/Owner Poppyseed Market
http://poppyseedmkt.com/
Competed on Iron Chef America with Walter Royal (Angus Barn) scoring the highest point total
ever

John Oliver Evans, Founder of the Funky Fresh Food Truck
http://www.funkyfreshfoodtruck.com/

Sam Papanikas, Owner of Bleu Olive Mediterranean Bistro
http://www.bleuolivebistro.com/

Joe Lumbrazo, Co-Owner of Backyard Bistro
http://www.backyardbistro.com/
Culinary Institute of America Graduate
Former Executive Chef at the Treyburn Country Club
Board for the North Carolina Restaurant Association
One of the Triangle's Top Chefs according to Tarheel Chefs
Received honors from Chaines des Rotisseurs

Dave Gaydeski, Executive Chef at the North Carolina's Executive Mansion
http://www.nchistoricsites.org/capitol/exec/exectour.htm
Attended the International Culinary Academy

Dennis Freeland, Executive Chef at the Raleigh Country Club
http://www.raleighcc.com/dining

JP Patterson III, Executive Chef at Sedgefield Country Club
http://www.sedgefieldcc.com/dining
Competed in the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Battle of Champions representing
Greensboro NC and finished as the runner up
Executive Chef of the Sedgefield Country Club

Ian Sullivan, Executive Chef at Vidrio
https://www.vidrioraleigh.com/menu/
Winner, NC Taste of Elegance
Culinary Institute of America Graduate

Eric Akbari, Pastry Chef at Nana’s and NanaSteak
http://www.nanasdurham.com/

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301 West Morgan Street Durham, NC 27701

Durham Convention Center
301 West Morgan Street
Durham, NC, 27701
919.845.2155