The Taste of Elegance is one of the major cooking events for professional chefs in the industry. Sponsored by the National Pork Board, this culinary competition is designed to inspire innovative and exciting ways to menu pork. Since 1987, the Taste of Elegance competition has evolved into more than twenty regional competitions annually. Winning chefs are invited to participate in the National Taste of Elegance. The national event brings together talented, winning chefs from across the country. The program provides an exciting competition in the chef community while also serving as a learning exchange for the chefs. At every competition, prizes are awarded for outstanding pork dishes based on a variety of factors, including taste, originality and presentation. Judges for the events have included master chefs, food editors and past Taste of Elegance winners.

Prizes include:
First Place – $1,000 and an expense paid trip to the National Pork Summit
Second Place – $500
Third Place – $250
People’s Choice – $100

 

MPA-Sponsored Taste of Elegance Events

 

2018 Mid-Missouri Taste of Elegance

January 10, 2018
Holiday Inn Executive Center
Columbia, Missouri

First Place Chef Devin Angsten
Barred Owl Butcher and Table – Columbia
Coppa Cabbage Roll wrapped with Pork Belly Pastrami, Winter Squash and Heat Meat Hash and Mostarda
Second Place Chef Aaron View
Les Bourgeois –  Columbia
Pork Belly Omakase
Third Place Chef Matthew Cone
FlyOver- Columbia
Banh Missouri
People’s Choice Chef Jonathon Martin
Holiday Inn Executive Center – Columbia
Bourbon Glazed Rib Chop

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2017 Kansas City Taste of Elegance

February 20, 2018
Harrah’s North
North Kansas City, Missouri

First Place Chef Andrew Kneessy
American Food & Vending – Kansas City
“Pastrami & Rye”
Rye Dumplings, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Brussels Sprout Leaves, Yellow Mustard
Second Place Michael Chrostowski
Olathe District Culinary Program – Olathe, KS
Pistachio Encrusted Pork Tenderloin served with Truffled Potato Crouquette, Vanilla Infused Parsnip Puree, Dr. Pepper Demi and Bouquetiere of Vegetables
Third Place & People’s Choice
Sophia Chatfield
Barstow School – Kansas City
Mango Chili Glazed Ribs with Cannellini Bean Cassoulet and Crisp Pear Slaw

 

 

 


2017 St. Louis Taste of Elegance

November 6, 2018
Renaissance Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri

First Place Chef Cory Yeates
Bellerive Country Club – St. Louis, MO
Pork Breakfast
Second Place Chef Josh Charles
Element Restaurant – St. Louis, MO
Smoked Pork Loin, Zucchini Bread, Roasted Carrots, Cranberry Red Wine Sauce and Pickled Mustard
Third Place Chef Shun Ammons
Stur Restaurant & Lounge – Edwardsville, IL
Asian Pork Shoulder
People’s Choice Tied Chef Benjamin Hamlin
Norah’s Crafted Food & Spirits
– St. Louis, MO

 


 

2018 Springfield/Branson Taste of Elegance

March 12, 2018
Ramada Oasis Convention Center
Springfield, Missouri

First Place Chef Kevin Mueller
The Aviary Cafe – Springfield, MO
Ham & Beans – Cured Pork Tenderloin en Persillade with Cornbread and Buttermilk Puree, Rainbow Butter, Bean Cassoulet, Charred Pickled Corn, Mustard Greens and Sausage Pate Fritters
Second Place Chef Rick Hoenshell
Oasis Fire and Ice Restaurant – Springfield, MO
Cocoa Chili Pork Loin with Chorizo Oaxaca Grits, Agave Lime Gastrique, Roasted Chayote & Onions, Chipotle Crème Fraiche & Cilantro Oil
Third Place Chef Branden Bentley
The Chateau on the Lake – Branson, MO
Duroc Pork Filet with Trotter Stock Glace, Caramelized Onion and Fontina Tortellini in Sherry Cream, Pea Puree with Buttered Sweet Peas, Pork Skin Gremolata, Crispy Pork Belly and Pork Fat Focaccia Tuile
People’s Choice Tied Chef Branden Bentley
The Chateau on the Lake – Branson, MO
Duroc Pork Filet with Trotter Stock Glace, Caramelized Onion and Fontina Tortellini in Sherry Cream, Pea Puree with Buttered Sweet Peas, Pork Skin Gremolata, Crispy Pork Belly and Pork Fat Focaccia Tuile

 

Next Event is October 29, 2018 at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield.

For more information on the Taste of Elegance events, please contact the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.

 

For more information on the National Taste of Elegance, sponsored by the National Pork Board, visit http://www.porkfoodservice.org/pork-summit-archive/#.WHe7gn07yUQ.