Meet the Chefs

James Archer, Executive Chef at the Durham Convention Center
Culinary Institute of America Graduate

Jason Smith, Chef/Founder Founder of 18 Seaboard, Cantina 18 and Harvest 18
Serves on the board for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and the North Carolina Symphony

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

John Oliver Evans, Founder of the Funky Fresh Food Truck

Sam Papanikas, Owner of Bleu Olive Mediterranean Bistro

Joe Lumbrazo, Co-Owner of Backyard Bistro
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
Attended the International Culinary Academy

Dennis Freeland, Executive Chef at the Raleigh Country Club

JP Patterson III, Executive Chef at Sedgefield Country Club
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
Winner, NC Taste of Elegance
Culinary Institute of America Graduate

Eric Akbari, Pastry Chef at Nana’s and NanaSteak

Map and Directions
301 West Morgan Street Durham, NC 27701

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