I’m The Pork King!

…well at least for now. I won the 2010 Taste of Elegance Grand Prize.
I am honored to represent Minnesota in the National Competition being held in Baltimore sometime in June.
I’ve had a permanent smile on my face since winning. I was so excited and nervous for my first competition. I’m still a little bit in shock that I won.
I’m trying to get photos from the event. When I do they will posted as well as the link for an interview I did on SwineCast. It was right after I won. I don’t even remember what I said…hopefully I didn’t swear too much.

Taste of Elegance Update

You may not be able to attend the event, unless you are in the Pork Congress (seriously there is one) but you can order a recipe book containing the recipes for all the entrees. Just email your name, address, and telephone number to: mnpork@mnpork.com.

Here’s the link to there site for more info: http://www.mnpork.com/consumers/taste.php

Pork T.O.E.


It’s official I’m entered in one of the hottest events of the year. The Minnesota Taste of Elegance!

The recipe for my entree will be posted soon.

Unfortunately this event is not open to the public.

From Dec. 2009 MN PORK BOARD PRESS RELEASE:

Culinary Competition Shines Spotlight on The Other White Meat

The 22nd annual culinary pork competition, Taste of Elegance, will be Jan. 19 at the Minneapolis Hilton. Chefs from across the state will create their original recipes and compete for the $1,500 grand prize.

Minnesota Taste of Elegance is sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Board, which works on behalf of the state’s pork producers to educate consumers and foodservice on pork’s versatility, affordability, preparation ease and delicious flavor.
Judging for the Minnesota Taste of Elegance takes place all day with the first, second and third place winning chefs, people’s choice selection and best evening table display announced at an evening award’s program. The top chef will also represent Minnesota pork producers at the National Taste of Elegance in June.

Competing chefs and the restaurants they represent are:
  • Thomas Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh Culinary Group and Catering, East Gull Lake
  • John Van House, Murray’s Restaurant, Minneapolis
  • Tim Kovacs, Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis
  • David Vlach, Heidi’s Minneapolis, Minneapolis
  • Brian J. Rubenzer, Lettuce Cater, Columbia Heights
  • Rafael Perez, Northfield Golf Club, Northfield
  • Scott Nielsen, Grand Casino Hinckley, Hinckley
  • Derek Black, SODEXO at ECOLAB, St. Paul
  • Benjamin McCallum, Three Sons Signature Cuisine, Minneapolis
  • Serge Devesa, Hotel Sofitel, Bloomington
  • George P. Snyder, McCormick and Schmicks, Minneapolis
  • Tony Beran, The Strip Club Meat and Fish, St. Paul
  • Daniel J. Cleary, Park Tavern, St. Louis Park
  • Clinton J. Yocom, Marriott Hotel, Rochester
  • Tim Cockram, Owatonna Country Club, Owatonna
  • Tuan Nguyen, Minnesota Valley Country Club, Bloomington

Following the Taste of Elegance competition, consumers can request a free booklet that features all 16 pork recipes and view the recipes on line at www.mnpork.com. Additional contributors to the 2010 Taste of Elegance are Hubbard Feeds, Inc., Independent Bankers of Minnesota, Morgan Creek Vineyards, Stock Yards and U.S. Foodservice.