Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale and Culinary Stage

The Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale is a live culinary competition where eight of the region’s top chefs are hand-selected by the Taste of St. Louis Culinary Committee to compete head-to-head 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.

Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale

Photos by Jon Gitchoff (first and third photos), Jonathan Pollack (second photo), and Steve Truesdell Photography (last photo)


 

The Stella Artois Culinary Stage has been the hot spot of the Taste of St. Louis for the past 12 years. This must-see attraction hosts the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale culinary competition – live, head-to-head battles from some of the region's best chefs. 

THE STELLA ARTOIS CHEF BATTLE ROYALE

Eight of the region’s top chefs are hand-selected by the Taste of St. Louis Culinary Committee to compete head-to-head 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. 

Read more about the 2017 Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale Competitors

Each chef is given 40 minutes to produce his or her best dish (per the "battle" category assigned) in front of a live audience. The field narrows until only two competitors are left standing to vie for the champion position. The seven battles take place throughout the event weekend and are judged by local and national food experts, celebrities and culinary sponsors. The Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale is managed and hosted by Taste of St. Louis Executive Chef, Vito Racanelli. 

The Taste of St. Louis partners with the American Culinary Federation and its 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. 

Read more about the team of chefs that help make the culinary attractions at the Taste of St. Louis a success!

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
6:15pm    Chef Battle Royale Battle #1 "Battle Duck & Egg"
                Chef Scott Oglesby vs Chef Lee Gustin    

8:00pm   Chef Battle Royale Battle #2 "Battle Tomato"
                Chef Carl Hazel vs. Chef Sergio Nakayoshi

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
11:30am   Fire up your Brunch: Flaming Bananas Foster Coffee Cake

1:00pm    Backstop Palooza Charity Cook-Off (Monarch Fire Department vs. Chesterfield Police Department)

2:45pm   Chef Battle Royale Battle #3 "Battle Lamb"
                Chef Matt Galati vs. Chef Matthew Birkenmeier

4:30pm   Chef Battle Royale Battle #4 "Battle Tofu"
                Chef Trevor Ploeger vs. Chef David Sandusky

6:15pm    Culinary Showcase

8:00pm   Chef Battle Royale Battle #5 – Semifinal Round "Battle Beef"
                Winner of Battle 1 vs winner of Battle 2

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
11:45am   Culinary Showcase

1:30pm    Chef Battle Royale Battle #6 – Semifinal Round "Battle Quail"
                Winner of Battle 3 vs winner of Battle 4

3:15pm   Culinary Showcase

5:00pm  Chef Battle Royale Battle #7 – Final Round "Battle Seafood & Stella Artois" with dessert
                Winner of Battle 5 vs winner of Battle 6

6:15pm    Chef Battle Royale Awards/ Photos

2016 Chef Battle Royale Champion Chef Kore Wilbert of The Garden on Grand. Photo by Jon Gitchoff

2016 Chef Battle Royale Champion Chef Kore Wilbert of The Garden on Grand. Photo by Jon Gitchoff

Congratulations to Chef Kore Wilbert – the 2016 Stella Artois Champion!

Chef Kore Wilbert, formerly of The Garden on Grand took the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale Championship title with three very modern renditions of three classic dishes. Chef Kore's winning dish for "Battle Seafood and Stella" was a very cross-cultural dish with a strong Asian influence. He cooked the lobster and mushrooms in a light and crisp tempura batter and the Monkfish was prepared as a General Tso's stir fry. He crafted a coconut wok-fried rice from the arborio and beautiful Asian-inspired broth from the Stella Artois. For dessert, he served a pineapple and Stella Artois sorbetto with a Stella Artois-whipped cream, garnished with a caramelized strawberry and pineapple caramel skewer. Chef Kore took the win against Chef Sills by 5 points.