The Taste of Elegance is a culinary competition for Minnesota’s best chefs to show off their pork cooking skills.

2016 Winners

1st Place- Adam Murphy of Eddy’s Launch Bar & Grill

5 Spice Pâté, Pickles & Baguette
5 Spice Pâté, Pickles & Baguette

1st place receives $1,500 and a trip to Greystone Campus of Culinary Institute of America in California


2nd Place- Charles Plaetz of Minneapolis Golf Club


2nd place receives $1,000

3rd Place- Benjamin McCallum of Crooners Lounge and Supper

Tuscan Pork Roast with Sauvignon Blanc-Rosemary Jus
Tuscan Pork Roast with Sauvignon Blanc-Rosemary Jus

3rd place receives $750

People’s Choice- Michael Beck of Hilton Minneapolis

Cracker Crusted Pork Lollipop
Cracker Crusted Pork Lollipop

People’s Choice is voted on by attendees and receives $750

Best Evening Table Display Award- Ken Stone of the Machine Shed Restaurant

The table display award is voted on by a panel of judges and is awarded $250

2016 Chefs




  • Michael Beck-Hilton Minneapolis
  • Daniel Cleary- Park Tavern
  • Keith A. Huffman- Working Man Spice Company
  • Thomas Kavanaugh- Kavanaugh Culinary
  • Jeff Labeau- Depot Bar & Grill
  • Matthew Lepisto- Town Hall Brewery
  • Tyler Malson- DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Benjamin McCallum- Crooners Lounge and Supper Club
  • Adam Murphy- Eddy’s Launch Bar & Grill
  • Rafael Perez- Saint James Hotel
  • Charles Plaetz- Minneapolis Golf Club
  • Ken Stone- Machine Shed Restaurant
  • Hai Truong- Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
  • Clinton Yocom- The Waters on Mayowood
  • Stephen Trojahn- GastroTruck
  • Josh Voge- Urban Eatery


  • Gislason & Hunter LLP
  • Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc.
  • Hubbard Feeds Inc.
  • Eide Bailly, LLC

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