February 26, 2010
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Winners Announced in Kansas City Taste of Elegance
Columbia, Mo.,—Chef Matt Chatfield, from the Culinary Center of Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas, garnered top honors at the Taste of Elegance culinary competition held February 23 at the Overland Park Marriott. His winning entrée, Roast Pork Rack with Apricot Glaze, earned him the $1,000 prize and an invitation to compete in the national Taste of Elegance competition.
The event was sponsored by the Missouri Pork Association, Kansas Pork Association, Sterling Silver Premium Meats, the ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association, the Overland Park Marriott, Wyldewood Cellars and Harvesters Community Food Network. Thirteen chefs competed in the competition, with Sterling Silver brand pork featured center plate. Their entrées were judged on originality, taste and presentation.
Chef Russ Muehlberger of US Foodservice in Lenexa, Kansas received second place with his entrée, Apple wood Smoked Pulled Pork and Artisan Country Sausage served with Sweet & Sour Caramelized Pineapple, Spicy Summer Slaw and Crispy Fried Onion Straws. Chef Brad Trewhitt of the Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, Kansas prepared the third place entrée of Ancho Chili Braised Cheek, Drunken Goat Polenta, Garlic Chips & Braising Reduction Potato Wrapped Tenderloin, Chorizo, Brussels Sprout Leaves, Mushrooms & Port Wine. The People’s Choice Award went to Chef Brian Hove with the KCI Marriott in Kansas City for his Melange of Pork.
Chef Chatfield will advance to the national Taste of Elegance in Baltimore, Maryland, which has been sponsored by the National Pork Board since 1987.
“We are proud to be associated with the Taste of Elegance event,” said Bill Kessler, chairman of the Missouri Pork Association. “Chefs are given a great opportunity to work with quality pork, and we hope they incorporate these dishes into their menus.”
The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to www.mopork.com, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.