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 Abi Velez
Les Bourgeois Vineyards
– Rocheport
Pork Wellington with Prosciutto, Bacon and Mushroom Jam in a Puff Pastry, on a Bed of Roasted Carrots and Fried Brussels Sprout Leaves with Cranberry Sauce
Second Place Chef Josh Walton
Holiday Inn Executive Center –  Columbia
Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Orange Balsamic Glaze
Third Place Cheyney Andrews
Bleu Events – Columbia
Pork Belly Brasato, Pork Chicharrones, Plum Reduction, Celeriac Puree, Baked Apple Puree and Heritage Carrots
People’s Choice Chef Abi Velez
Les Bourgeois Vineyards
– Rocheport
Pork Wellington with Prosciutto, Bacon and Mushroom Jam in a Puff Pastry, on a Bed of Roasted Carrots and Fried Brussels Sprout Leaves with Cranberry Sauce
 Next Event is January 12, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center.



2018 Kansas City Taste of Elegance

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

First Place Chef Michael Lamping
Lake Quivira Country Club Lake Quiviora, KS
Pistachio and Cherry wrapped Duroc Pork Tenderloin, Candied Red Onion Pork Jus, Crispy Bourbon Maple Pork Belly, Scallion Waffle, Parsnip Silk, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Pearl Onion
Second Place Michael Chrostowski
Herndon Career Center Raytown Schools Olathe, KS
Pinenut Encrusted Pork Tenderloin with Yukon Potato Puree, Rich Veal Reduction and Vegetable Bouquetiere
Third Place & People’s Choice
Brian Hove
Kozak’s Laketown Grill Smithville, MO
Smoked Caribbean Baby Back Ribs




2018 St. Louis Taste of Elegance

November 5, 2018
Renaissance Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri

First Place Chef Gary Suarez
Suarez Catering & Consulting- St. Louis, MO
Braised Tuscan Pork Shoulder and Crisped Olive Oil Cured Pork Belly, Creamy Polenta, Porcini Mushrooms and Kale
Second Place Chef Philip Day
Rack House Kitchen Wine Whiskey- Collinsville, IL
Fall Pork Two Ways
Third Place & People’s Choice
Chef Timothy Eagen
DoubleTree Collinsville/Porter’s Steakhouse – St. Louis, MO
Ultimate Cubano




2018 Springfield/Branson Taste of Elegance

October 29, 2018
Ramada Oasis Convention Center
Springfield, Missouri

First Place & People’s Choice
Chef Nathan Frazo
Chartwell’s at Missouri State University- Springfield, MO
Chipotle Apple Brine Pork Chop, Smokey Polenta, Charred Maple Brussels Sprouts, Monte Cristo Purse, House Cured Bacon, Cave Aged White Cheddar, Bacon-aisse and Blackberry Jam
Second Place Chef Branden Bentley
The Wildseed – Strafford, MO
Country Pate, Porchetta di Testa, Apple Butter, Horseradish Egg Salad, Toasted Rye, Creme Fraiche, Pistachio Crumb and Pickled Fennel
Third Place Chef Scott Horned
Cox Health
– Springfield, MO
Havana Stuffed Pork Loin, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

Read more here

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