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

2018 Taste of Elegance Cookbooks

2018 Winners

1st Place – Chef Jeff LaBeau, Depot Bar & Grill

Cast-Iron Apple Smoke Pork Rib chop, Smoke Pork Butt Corn Cake, Apple-Maple-Bacon Jam with Grits Flavored with Hocks and Bellies

1st place receives $1,500 and


2nd Place & Best Table Display- Chef Tim McCarty, Mayo Foundation House

Corned Pork Cheeks, Rasher Bacon, Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes

2nd place receives $1,000

Evening Table Display $250

3rd Place- Chef John Van House, Grand Casino

Pork Shoulder Pastrami

3rd place receives $750

People’s Choice – Chef Matt Brown, Estelle’s Eatery

Smoked Suckling Pig Tostada

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



2018 Chefs

  • Michael Beck- Ten01 Social Hilton Minneapolis
  • Matthew Brown – Estelle’s Eatery & Bar
  • Daniel Cleary- Luzette Catering
  • Keith A. Huffman – Working Man Spice Company
  • Jeff Labeau- Depot Bar & Grill
  • Seth Lintelman
  • Benjamin McCallum- MHC Culinary Group
  • Tim McCarty – Mayo Foundation House
  • John Van House – Grand Casinos


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

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