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 CASH

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.


Congratulations 2019 Taste of Elegance Winners!

Chef Par Excellence
Chef Joe Schneider
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Sun Prairie
Pork Cheek Confit with Fried Edamame Cake

Superior Chef
Chef Mike Carmona Mejia
Red Circle Inn, Nashotah
Pork Three Ways

Premium Chef
Chef Kevin Dahlen
Machine Shed, Waukesha
Pork Duo with Candied Bacon

Best of Soy
Chef Joe Schneider
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, Middleton
Pork Cheek Confit with Fried Edamame Cake

People’s Choice
Chef Michael Althen
Elite Catering, Baraboo
“Hogs” D”oeuvres

Other Finalists Were:

  • Chef Michael Choronzy, The Duke & Dagger, Menomonie
  • Chef Danny Davis, The University Club at UW-Madison
  • Chef Damon Holter, Croix Valley Foods, River Falls
  • Chef Bill Marchewka, Maple Bluff Country Club, Madison