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Page 34 of 89 33 A sk Charlotteans about their favorite local dishes, and they'll most likely respond with a lengthy list of options ranging from authentic fried chicken from Price's Chicken Coop to a steaming bowl of ramen from Futo Buta. is culinary scene mixes the new with the old, Southern fried with more than a dash of international spice and local talent with a melting pot of transplants. Stirred together, you have a culinary scene that's exciting, authentic and most definitely delicious. Cultivating the Future Charlotte's chef knives are sharpened with three local culinary institutes that produce outstanding graduates. Take Johnson & Wales University—Charlotte's Clark Barlowe, whose resume includes stops at Napa Valley's e French Laundry and Spain's El Bulli and appearances on "Chopped" and "Beat Bobby Flay." Back home, he's winning the taste buds of locavores at Heirloom Restaurant with dishes that are so local he forages some of the ingredients from area forests. Chris Coleman proudly represents Central Piedmont Community College with a resume that includes area restaurant legends McNinch House Restaurant and e Asbury (which now has standout Executive Chef Matthew Krenz at its helm). Today, Coleman leads the kitchen at Stoke Charlotte, where low, slow and local is the name of the game for dishes like his tender Sticky Pork Shank. From e Art Institute of Charlotte comes Brittani Brooker, whose accolades include the Food Network's "Dessert Games," "Christmas Cookie Challenge" and "e Best Baker in America." When she's not dominating TV competitions, she's the executive pastry chef at Ballantyne Country Club. A Cadre of Celebrity Chefs Charlotte's young culinary superstars aren't just limited to local graduates. Joe Kindred opened his namesake restaurant Kindred with his wife, Katy, as a Davidson homecoming in 2015; he has since been a semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation Award (Best Chef: Southeast), and Wine Enthusiast and Bon Appétit have listed Kindred as a best restaurant. WHAT'S THE RECIPE FOR A FOOD CITY? 1 Clark Barlowe of Heirloom Restaurant 2 Chris Coleman of Stoke Charlotte 3 Crispy oysters at Kindred 4 Futo Buta PHOTOGRAPHY BY KYO H NAM To engage with local cuisine, book a cooking class with Chef Alyssa's Kitchen or hop aboard an excursion with Tour De Food, FEAST Food Tours or Taste Carolina Food Tours. P R O T I P ! 2 3 4

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