CONGRATULATIONS TO CHEF COLOSIMO – THE 2015 STELLA ARTOIS CHEF BATTLE ROYALE CHAMPION!
The 2015 competing chefs took the famed culinary competition to a new level as they battled it out for the title Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale Champion. Chef Bob Colosimo of Eleven Eleven Mississippi - a first-time contender in the competition - took that title with style and grace.
In his first battle against Aaron Baggett of Edgewild - "Battle Chicken and Egg," Chef Bob created a classic and elegant dish – chicken francese with whole egg raviolo. From there, he moved on to the semifinals to compete against D. Scott Phillips of Balaban's with "Battle Beef". His winning dish... cap meat roulade alongside grilled harp steak with a parsnip puree, garnished with sautéed cabbage with walnuts.
"Bob's dishes were classic and elegant, and were a true reflection of his more than 35 years in the industry and extreme attention to detail", Budweiser Taste of St. Louis Executive Chef Vito Racanelli said.
For the final competition - "Battle Seafood and Stella" - Chef Colosimo broke out of his traditional culinary style and created a lobster, mussel and scallop Thai curry with a crisp fried coconut and Stella Artois beer- battered skate wing. Dessert was a white and dark chocolate mousse terrine with a Stella Artois pear butter-poached apple and pear compote, topped with an almond tuile and pear-champagne sorbet. Emily Novotny assisted as chef Bob's sous chef during the weekend.
"It was an honor to represent Eleven Eleven Mississippi. Competing and winning against chefs of such a high caliber was very rewarding to me," chef Colosimo said.
His competitor in the final battle – Chef Jessie Gilroy of The Tavern – had never competed in a battle and was certainly the underdog of the competition. All agreed she is someone to watch and will (no doubt) be returning to the Stella Artois Culinary Stage.