Mission: Knife Fight!


If you missed it a few weeks back, there’s still time to get your tickets to Mission: Knife Fight at Mission Pizza Napoletana as two popular chefs go head to head in a mini battle, right in full view. The next “knife fight” has Chef Travis Myers of Willows Bistro squaring off with his bestie, Chef Roland Trask, executive chef of Novant Medical Center. There are tickets still available as of press time, but Mission Pizza owner Peyton Smith expects to sell out.

How it works: Your ticket allows you entry and access to the battle between two local chefs where you can watch it take place in the open kitchen while the jams are pumping. The chefs have access to the kitchen and its ingredients but they don’t know what they’ll be cooking until the two secret ingredients are revealed. You’ll enjoy some appetizers from the Mission menu and $4 beers from the tap that is taken over—this time by Hoots Beer. You’ll be entered in a drawing and you might get lucky enough to be a judge! That’s the only way you’ll be able to taste the chef’s creations as it would be very difficult for the chefs to feed 3 courses to 70 people in one hour. But at least there are those Mission apps, right?

At last month’s fight, Chef Harrison Littell of Five Loaves Catering and Chef John Bobby of Rooster’s A Noble Grille had the secret ingredients of Harmony Ridge Farms duck breast and duck hearts and the twist— Taco Bell hot sauce. It was great fun watching the chefs prepare the three courses right in front of us. In the end, it was Chef John Bobby who won the night after the four lucky judges made a difficult decision. And what was very cool about it was the enthusiastic hug and applause he received from his good friend, Harrison.

The competition is inspired by a similar culinary competition show “Knife Fight” on Esquire network. Smith says he’s been wanting to do a party style cooking competition for a while. “The whole point of having a restaurant is camaraderie. Unfortunately, in the restaurant business, Mondays suck. We have the perfect set-up to do this with the open kitchen and two chefs who are at the top of their game and friends to boot. We think we’ve priced it right. The people who came (to the first Knife Fight), we see all the time. They love local food and seeing it prepared in unique ways and it’s just representative of the community we have here.”

At the last Knife Fight, Bobby walked away with a Searzall blow torch (look it’s pretty awesome) and lots of accolades. !

KRISTI MAIER is a food writer, blogger and cheerleader for all things local who even enjoys cooking in her kitchen, though her kidlets seldom appreciate her efforts.


For more information, visit Mission Pizza Napoletana’s Facebook page. You can get tickets at