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

2017 Winners

1st Place- Charles Plaetz, Minneapolis Golf Club

Root Beer Belly

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


2nd Place- Chef John Michael Lynch of Interlachen Country Club

Pork Cheek Sauerbraten Croquette

2nd place receives $1,000

3rd Place- Chef Jeff LaBeau, Depot Bar & Grill

The Smiling Hog

3rd place receives $750

People’s Choice & Best Evening Table Display Award- Tim McCarty, Mayo Foundation House

Sous Vide Chorizo Pops

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

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

2017 Chefs

  • Noah Balow – Nicollet Island Inn
  • Michael Beck-Hilton Minneapolis
  • Ronald Bohnert – StoneRide Golf Club, Danny’s
  • Matthew Brown – Estelle’s Eatery & Bar
  • Daniel Cleary- Park Tavern
  • Rick Frazer – St. Paul Grill
  • Jeremy Hoh – Arizona’s
  • Jeff Labeau- Depot Bar & Grill
  • JohnMichael Lynch – Interlachen Country Club
  • Benjamin McCallum- Crooners Lounge and Supper Club
  • Tim McCarty – Mayo Foundation House
  • Johnathon Peterson – Minnesota Valley Country Club
  • Charles Plaetz- Minneapolis Golf Club
  • Andrew Stack – WonHanson’s Catering
  • David Vlach – Woodhill Country Club


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

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