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During Hard Fought Battle, Sam Ratchford Outlasted by Michelle Bailey in Fire on the Rock Semifinals

by Madison V. Fisler

March 25, 2014. The results of last night’s Fire on the Rock Competition Dining Series battle means that our very own Chef Sam Ratchford will not move on to the final round of the competition.

After a hard-fought battle last night, Chef Sam Ratchford of Vidalia in Boone was ultimately outlasted by Chef Michelle Bailey of Seasons at Highland Lake Inn. Chef Bailey will now move on to the final round to face the winner of tonight’s competition.

Last night’s battle featured Old Mill of Guilford Grits and Nature’s Pearl as the secret ingredients. The final weighted average score was 28.19 for Chef Bailey and 24.97 for Chef Ratchford. 

The competition will blaze on with tonight’s competition taking place between Sam Etheridge of Ambrozia Bar + Bistro in Asheville and Steven Goff of King James Public House, also in Asheville. The winner of tonight’s competition will face Chef Bailey in the final battle of the Fire on the Rock which will take place March 31. 

For more information about the competition dining series, click here