Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale

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

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 8.58.43 PMAbout the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale

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 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.

This 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.

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 2013-10-01 at 4.29.34 PMCongratulations to Chris Lee – Two Time Champion of the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale!

Chef Chris Lee was declared champion of the 2013 Chef Battle Royale, for the second year in a row after winning the final competition – Battle Lobster – during last year’s competition. Assisting the victory was Kore Wilbert, Chef Lee’s Sous chef and long time friend. Photos above by Peter Newcomb.


THE 2014 STELLA ARTOIS CHEF BATTLE ROYALE PARTICIPANTS

 

Chef Aaron BaggettEdgeWild Restaurant & Winery

Chef Eric BrennerFit Fuel 365

Chef Lute CainForest Hills Country Club

Chef Josh NorrisTriumph Grill

Chef D. Scott PhillipsBalaban’s

Chef Dave RookBishop’s Post

Chef Robert TrampierSt. Louis Country Club

Chef Wil PellySanctuaria