The Taste of Elegance is a culinary competition designed to inspire innovative and exciting ways to menu pork.  The competition not only provides an elegant occasion to highlight the increasing popularity of pork on America’s menus, but also helps strengthen chefs’ preference for pork as a flavorful and versatile meat.

What’s at Stake:

1st Place/Chef Par Excellence: $750, plus a complimentary trip to the Pork Summit.

The Pork Summit is an exclusive educational weekend featuring chef demonstrations, farm to fork education, and an opportunity to work with guest chefs and foodservice trade media. Click here for a recap of prior years’ events.
**Due to renovations at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus, the Pork Summit will take place at an alternate location in 2018; the event will not be held in St. Helena, CA** 
2nd Place/Superior Chef: $500 CASH
3rd Place/Premium Chef: $250 CASH
A People’s Choice and Best Use of Soy awards of $250 each will also be offered.

When and Where:

The next Wisconsin’s Taste of Elegance will be held Thursday, February 1, 2018. The event is held the afternoon and evening during the Pork/Corn/Soy Expo at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

How to Enter:

The contest is open to all employed chefs from a Wisconsin foodservice establishment. The application period for the 2018 Taste of Elegance competition is now closed. If you would like to be notified when future contest applications are available, please email mmasters@wppa.org.

Congratulations 2018 Taste of Elegance Winners!

Chef Par Excellence
Chef Michael Bressler
The Red Circle Inn & Bistro, Nashotah
The Three Little Pig Plates

Superior Chef
Chef Robert Mulanax
Kalahari Resort, WI Dells
Pork Head Dim Sum

Premium Chef
Chef Corey Arndt
Charwell’s Higher Education, UW-Green Bay
Rustic Cinnamon and Espresso Pork Tenderloin

Best of Soy
Chef Joe Schneider
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Middleton
Pork Tenderloin with Bacon Jam and Edamame Polenta

People’s Choice
Chef Kevin Dahlen
Machine Shed, Pewaukee
Cider Pork Loin with Maple Bacon Chutney

Other Finalists Were:

  • Chef Amy Huo, The Informalist, Eau Claire
  • Chef Diane Pedersen, Living Oaks, Iola
  • Chef Rachael Karr, Pastiche at the Metro, Milwaukee