Man, what is it with all the marathon cooking competitions popping up in the city these days? First we heard about Le Fooding's 52-hour non-stop pop-up restaurant relay, and now there's this: a two-day Chinese culinary competition is setting up shop in the heart of Times Square next weekend.

The CCC, as we'll refer to it here, is no gimmick: despite the over-the-top locale and goofy mobile kitchens decorated like pagodas, the 50 chefs take the competition very seriously. The chefs come from all over the world to compete for the Gold Medal title in regional Chinese cuisine, which is broken down into Szechuan, Shandong, Cantonese, Huaiyang and Northeastern Chinese categories.

The chefs will cook round-robin style through eight one-hour rounds on September 22nd and 23rd, starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until 7 p.m. both days. That means that you can wander through Times Square pretty much all day and catch the chefs in action, slicing and stir-frying away in a mobile "kitchen stadium" designed to look like the ancient city of Chang'an. Buy a $75 ticket here to crab a seat and unlimited food from all the chefs, or go all-out and drop $500 for a seat at Sunday's Emperor's Banquet at Pier 60, featuring an epic meal from the winners.