Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale




Left: Chef Christopher preparing his winning lobster dish, Middle: Culinary Stage crowd, Right: Dish from Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale. Photos above by Peter Newcomb.

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The Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale is a live culinary competition that has won over the chef community, foodies, the media… and of course…  Budweiser Taste of St. Louis patrons. Eight of the region’s top chefs are hand-selected by the Budweiser Taste of St. Louis Culinary Committee to compete head-to-head on the Hollywood Casino Culinary Stage in seven “battle” categories. After three days of intense competition, only one chef is left standing and crowned the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale Champion.

Each chef is given 40 minutes to produce his or her best dish (per the category they are given) in front of a live audience. The winner of each round advances to compete in the next bracket.The field narrows until two competitors are left standing to vie for the title Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale Champion.

fields-foods-logoThis year’s seven battle categories are: “Battle Mushroom”, “Battle Tomato”, “Battle Chicken-and-Egg”, “Battle Beef”, “Battle Pork” and “Battle Cheese”. The final battle – Battle “Seafood and Stella Artois” will include a dessert competition. The seven “battles” which take place throughout the weekend are judged by local and national food experts, celebrities and our culinary sponsors.

A special thank you to Field’s Foods – a locally owned, locally operated, and locally focused grocery store – for sponsoring the chef battles.

Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 7.52.49 PMThe Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale is managed and hosted by Budweiser Taste of St. Louis’ Executive Chef, Vito Racanelli – chef/owner of the award-winning Italian restaurant, Mad Tomato in Clayton. Vito has been involved in the planning, managing, and perfecting of the competition for more than 7 years.
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The Taste of St. Louis partners with the American Culinary Federation and their expansive culinary team of certified and accredited judges to make the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale one of the most acclaimed competitions in the region.


Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 5.02.52 PMChef Aaron Baggett

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