SIOUX FALLS - Chef Daniel Myers of Crawford's, Sioux Falls, won the South Dakota Pork Producers' Council 23rd Annual Taste of Elegance competition March 27 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
The Taste of Elegance Competition is one of the pork industry's premier events in the food service industry. Myers featured serveral different pork cuts in this year's first-place winning entre, Saffron Pork. This was Myers' first time competing in South Dakota's Taste of Elegance.
For a Pork competition, this chef used very trending cuts - cheeks and belly - while integrating a fairly new cut from the shoulder, Petite Tender. His trending cooking methods were executed perfectly. His plate was simple and tight and had very nice complex flavors said judge Charlie Torgerson of Famous Daves.
Myers received an engraved red plate, $1,000, and will attend the Pork Summit that in St. Helena, California in the Napa Valley at the Culinary Institute of America's Greystone Campus. Winning chefs will have the opportunity to spend the weekend with Jose Garces, Paul Kahan, Chris Lilly, Tom Pizzica and Robert Danhi. They'll experience butchering and cooking demonstrations and work alongside the chefs in Greystone's teaching kitchens. The Pork Summit will be held on April 29 - May 1.
Chef Jonathan Ricks of Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, has competed several times throughout the years at the South Dakota Taste of Elegance. This year he received second place in the 2011 competition with Pork Cheeks Zingara, and Chef Ryan (Scooby) Schiebout of Minnehaha Country Club, Sioux Falls received third place with The Last Mushroom Hunt.
Nearly 800 people attended this year's Taste of Elegance Contest at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Prime Rib of Pork with Chipotle Raspberry Sauce & Sausage Dressing prepared by Chef Kip Pharis of BraVo's, Brookings, received the People's Choice Award and $250 & a red engraved plate. The People's Choice Runner-Up winner was Chef Glenda Odegaard & Chef Jason Odegaard of Countryview Catering, Lake Preston creating Grilled Bierocks Schwein. Guests also voted on the best display presentation by the chefs. Chef Ryan (Scooby) Schiebout of Minnehaha Country Club, Sioux Falls, received $100 and the Best Display Award.
Other participating chefs included Chef Daniel Koble of Children's Care Hospital & School, Sioux Falls; Chef Kelsey Anderson of WR Restaurants, Sioux Falls; Chef Mike Anderson of Avera Behavioral Health Center, Sioux Falls; Chef Ryan Tracy of Bros Brasserie Americano, Sioux Falls; Chef John Noel Gilbertson, CEC of Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls; Chef Jean-Paul Nielsen of Magilly's Broadway Eatery, Yankton; Chef Adam Censky of Holiday Inn City Centre, Sioux Falls; Chef Curtis VanMaanen of 1481 Grille, Arlington; and Chef Drew Duimstra of Magilly's Lakeside Eatery, Yankton.