WILMINGTON -- Wilmington native Keith Rhodes is now the top chef in the state of North Carolina.
At a recent Carolina Cook-Off sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, more than 70 chefs from fine dining restaurants across the state put their culinary skills to the test.
The chef at Deluxe Restaurant in downtown Wilmington took the top prize.
Rhodes' signature softshell crab dish won the North Carolina Goodness Grows Competition.
The rules are simple, chefs must create their best dish using native North Carolina foods.
Chef Rhodes has been cooking for more than twenty years.
In previous years, his restaurant Deluxe, has won best fine dining.
Just down the street, another Rhodes restaurant called Catch won best casual dining.
Those awards also came in statewide competitions.
Reported by Kim Gebbia
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