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
Second Place – $500
Third Place – $250
People’s Choice – $100


MPA-Sponsored Taste of Elegance Events


2022 St. Louis Taste of Elegance

October 24, 2022
Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri

2022 Kansas City Taste of Elegance

November 1, 2022
Harrah’s North Kansas City
North Kansas City, Missouri

2023 Mid-Missouri Taste of Elegance

To Be Determined
Holiday Inn Executive Center
Columbia, Missouri

2023 Springfield/Branson Taste of Elegance

To Be Announced
Ramada Oasis Convention Center
Springfield, Missouri


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