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

2019 Taste of Elegance Cookbook

2019 Winners

1st Place — Chef Charles Plaetz, Fielder’s Choice Tap and Table

Chef Charles Plaetz received chef par excellence honors at the 31st annual Taste of Elegance pork culinary competition with his dish, “Ham” Loaf.



2nd Place — Chef Daniel Cleary, Luzette Catering

Braised Pork Cheek with Stuffed Tenderloin, Potato Puree, Sauteed Apple-Cider Vinegar Mushrooms, Tri-Colored Carrots, and Braised Spinach.



3rd Place — Chef Benjamin McCallum, St. Thomas University

Mojo-Braised Pork Roast


People’s Choice — Chef Shawn Lowman, Grand View Lodge

Coconut Curried Pork Shank with Tzatziki

Evening Table Display — David Johnivin, Dellwood Country Club

The Dinner Nurnberg Sausage, Head Cheese, and Pork Fat Brioche.


2019 Chefs

  • Michael Beck, Ten01 Social, Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis
  • Daniel Cleary, Luzette Catering, Forest Lake
  • Christopher Dwyer, Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel, Minneapolis
  • Michael Eleo, Minneapolis Golf Club, Minneapolis
  • Tim Glover, Bistro La Roux, Circle Pines
  • Louis Hanson, OMC Smokehouse, Duluth
  • Damon Holter, Croix Valley Food, River Falls, WI
  • Keith A. Huffman, Working Man Spice Company, St. Paul
  • David Johnivin, Dellwood Country Club, Dellwood
  • Matt Lepisto, Devil’s Advocate, Minneapolis
  • Shawn Lowman, Grand View Lodge, Nisswa *People’s Choice Award Winner
  • Benjamin McCallum, St. Thomas University, St. Paul
  • Tim McCarty, Mayo Foundation House, Rochester
  • Charles Plaetz, Fielder’s Choice Tap and Table, Northfield * Chef Par Excellence
  • John VanHouse, Grand Casinos, Hinckley

Chefs compete for prizes and opportunities to compete and learn at a National level.


  • Gislason & Hunter LLP
  • Hormel Foods
  • Eide Bailly, LLC

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