2018 Chefs

Who makes the magic happen? These chefs take a combined 1000 lbs of Chatham County Peppers and turn them into delicious, surprising, and often explosive creations at PepperFest each year.


This List of 2018 Chefs is not complete and is growing daily! Check back for Updates!


ANGELINA’S KITCHEN – Chefs Angelina & Chili Shack John (Pepper King 2010 & 2012)


Angelina’s Kitchen works with local farmers to bring you seasonal sustainable food cooked from scratch with plenty of special touches from our Greek and New Mexican background. Our year round relationship with our local farmers fuels our kitchen and keeps us going. We have now branched into prepared food – look for our grab n go section at our shop and at Western Wake Farmers Market. We will be expanding and adding more markets – so stay tuned through FB and our website.




Pies, cupcakes, breads and treats made fresh every day with local ingredients. Find us every Thursday at the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market.









Big Spoon Roasters makes handcrafted nut butters from scratch in Durham, N.C. Uniquely fresh, delicious, and nutritious, each small batch is made to order with the best possible ingredients sourced directly from local and like-minded producers.






This is not your ordinary relish. We create a fiery, distinctive Southern Pepper Relish! Made from fresh chile peppers, with not a cucumber in sight, our relish has a modern, bold SPICY flavor with a firecracker personality to boot!






Elaine’s on Franklin serves unique regional American cuisine in a cozy, romantic atmosphere in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill. Chef/owner Bret Jennings fuses bold flavors and classical preparations in his revolving menus focused on the finest local ingredients available. Elaine’s on Franklin’s delightful food is matched by their Wine Spectator award-winning wine and popular cocktail list. The restaurant features a three-course, early dinner prix fixe for $35 nightly from 5:30-6:30pm, perfect for a pre-theatre or post-meeting meal. Elaine’s on Franklin was awarded a Silver Medal for Best Restaurants of 2012 in the News & Observer and has received rave reviews in Southern Living and Delta’s Sky Magazine. Jennings has cooked at the James Beard House in New York City and was a finalist for Best Chef in the Independent Weekly’s Best of the Triangle 2012.





We offer easy and healthy meals and, in these challenging and hectic times, your pleasure is indeed our pleasure! Maybe your family is so busy that you don’t stop for home-cooked meals. It could be you just don’t enjoying cooking or don’t cook as much as you used to, but you still want to eat well.  Perhaps someone in your family has food allergies or you have other special dietary requirements such as gluten-free, heart healthy, diabetic, vegetarian, vegan, renal, weight loss or other challenging restrictive diets. Do you prefer to support local farmers, happy pastured livestock (aka free-range cattle and poultry), organic and sustainable farms and local small businesses? We understand your dilemma, so The Food Fairy is here for you, to nourish – and nurture – by preparing personalized and wholesome meals right in your own home! We specialize in YOU and enjoy creating meals that satisfy your health and palate needs, whatever they may be! Find them HERE.




GLASSHALFULL – Chef Tony Del Sarto

ghfGlasshalfull, is downtown Carrboro’s own optimistic restaurant, wine bar, and wine shop. Here’s your invitation to gather your friends for a festive exploration of our delicious contemporary American cooking and intriguing selection of wines from around the world. Plenty of free parking make it easy to meet for lunch or dinner, or simply a cocktail around the beautiful bar. So as the sun sets on the Carrboro countryside and the candles cast their romantic glow, you’ll be forgiven for imagining you’re in “Paris,” after all.





Granite Springs Farm is a Market Garden and CSA, growing vegetables and mushrooms without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. We also supply produce to several local restaurants. Given the ol’ adage, “You are what you eat,” we encourage you to learn more about the fresh, seasonal food we grow just for you and your community. Visit the Know Your Food! page to learn more about the vegetables we grow and recipes on how best to prepare them, tried and approved from our own kitchen!




HARVEST 18 – Chef/Owner Jason Smith 

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Harvest 18 is located in the Southpoint region. Harvest 18 is a neighborhood eatery offering chef-driven cuisine with over 80 % of it food sourced from N.C. farmers and purveyors. Executive chef and owner Jason Smith, leads a culinary team focused on creating seasonal menus and is committed to supporting the area’s natural resources by reinvesting over $500,000 annually through his local purchases.






LILLY DEN FARM (Tucker & Mackenzie Withington) 

Lilly Den’s mission is to provide a wide variety of natural and locally raised meats for individuals and families to enjoy with the peace of mind knowing the meat was raised healthy and humanely.







Whether its date night, a business dinner, or you just don’t feel like cooking, we have the wine you want to drink and the food you wish you could make. We have spent the last ten years honing the art of hospitality, and our staff would love to welcome you to the table. Since our first day in 2008, our goal has been the same, to faithfully represent the flavors of Winston-Salem, NC while showcasing the wonderful ingredients produced by our neighbors, including: Harmony Ridge Farms, Fair Share Farm, Heritage Farms, Flora Ridge Farm, Homeland Creamery, Plum Granny Farm, Camino Bakery and Massey Creek Farm.





Mystery Brewing Company‘s mission has been to produce seasonally appropriate, hand-made, artisanal ales and lagers. We Stand By Our Core Values: Creativity, Innovation, & ExperimentationWe like to make new things, innovate new styles and flavor combinations, and favor experimentation over bland retreads.  We’re not afraid to try new things, and we’d rather lead than follow. We value the many facets of our communities, whether that’s beautiful Hillsborough, our community of brewers, or the individual communities we all belong to.  At Mystery all are welcome. We believe that there’s no better way to appreciate something than to learn about it.  Not only do we strive to learn and grow in our own crafts, we encourage education and growth in others in our community. We will never settle for less, we strive to make the best beer and food we can. We want to have fun.  We want you to have fun.  Fun is important.






Peter’s Perfect Pepper Sauce- 3P is a new farm business where we make a hot pepper sauce from unique peppers (heirloom Peter Peppers and a Peter Pepper natural hybrid -Pretty Peter Peppers) and cook and bottle them to make 3P Sauce- all done in Hillsborough NC.






Welcome to Parizade! Here, you will find dishes prepared with a flair and attention-to-detail that’s second to none in an atmosphere that’s as stimulating as it is innovative.

Ever step into a room so expansive you need to stand there for a moment to take it all in? You’ll feel that in Parizade’s main dining room. Our sweeping open kitchen elegantly trimmed in hammered copper curves along the entire restaurant; a long window offers a glimpse of your food being prepared; art on the walls enchant with scenes of food, love, and the celebration of life in a carefree, wondrous land. This is definitely a space that plays with the senses.Our extensive menu includes the freshest seafoods and meats impeccably prepared to please even the pickiest of palates.






Chef Restaurateur Serge Falcoz-Vigne and his team bring a truly authentic French fine dining experience to Raleigh, NC. Opened in 2004, Saint Jacques French Cuisine aims to showcase France’s culinary heritage, with its love of exceptional food and fine wines.We are dedicated to using the freshest and highest quality ingredients, which we source locally by working closely with North Carolina farmers.





A family run farm in Browns Summit, NC where we grow grapes, blueberries, blackberries, apples and crabapples.  We have a certified kitchen where we make our own jams/jellies and soon to be pickles and hot sauces.  Some of our most popular items are pepper jellies with fruit and candied peppers or cowboy candy.






With locally crafted beers flowing from our taps, creative entrees prepared in our from-scratch kitchen, and authentic North Carolina hospitality, it’s all about flavor and charm here at Tribeca Tavern.

Handcrafted flavors and homegrown charm always served with a splash of local flair, that is. Settle in for relaxed dining amidst area images of days gone by and every day neighborhood moments and memories. Then, let your taste buds do the choosing from our thoughtfully designed menu with selections ranging from delectably health-conscious to decadently indulgent.





Have you ever picked up a jar of peach and pepper jam, and said to yourself what in the world would I do with this? Yo Mamma’s Style says put more peppers in it and while your at it warm some up, thin with a little olive oil, brush it on some nicely roasted chicken pieces.

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