Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale and Culinary Stage

The Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale is a live culinary competitionwhere eight of the region’s top chefs are hand-selected by the Budweiser 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 Budweiser Taste of St. Louis for the past 11 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 Culinary Stage also hosts the Budweiser Home Chef Throwdown and BackstopPalooza.

THE 2016 STELLA ARTOIS CHEF BATTLE ROYALE

2016 Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale winning dish by Chef Kore Wilbert of The Garden on Grand. Photo by Jonathan Pollack

2016 Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale winning dish by Chef Kore Wilbert of The Garden on Grand. Photo by Jonathan Pollack

Congratulations to Chef Kore Wilbert of the Garden on Grand – the 2016 Stella Artois Champion!

Chef Kore Wilbert of The Garden on Grand took the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale Championship title with three very modern renditions of three classic dishes. His first battle was Duck & Egg against Chef Pete Slay from Sugarfire Smokehouse. His dish was a Stella Artois-poached duck egg, anise smoked duck breast bacon, duck sausage and bacon hash, a short stack of mini Stella Artois pancakes with duck liver and strawberry syrup. 

Next, Chef Kore went up against Chef Jon Berger from Napoli 2 in Battle Beef. A unique take on steak and potatoes, he used the grass-fed strip loin by removing the entire center of the cut of beef. The secret ingredient was Budweiser Premium BBQ Sauce, which he transformed into his own signature sauce. The beef was cooked perfectly and served alongside barbecue baked beets and butternut squash cubes, Stella Artois and cinnamon poached pear, locally grown HOSCO micro greens and a purée of bone marrow, six-year aged cheddar and potatoes. Chef Berger's dish was a beautiful rendition of a classic NY strip steak, and lost to Chef Kore by only 2 points.

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

For the final battle, Chef Kore went up against Chef Robert Sills formerly of The Savanna Grille in Battle Seafood and Stella, where the chefs were required to use monkfish, Maine lobster and Stella Artois. The twist in the final battle was there were two secret ingredients. The first one was arborio rice, which they received at the start of the battle; the second was given to them 5 minutes into the battle, and they both received a different ingredient. Chef Kore received local Ozark Forest mushrooms and chef Robert received local tomatoes. Chef Kore prepared 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.               

ABOUT THE STELLA ARTOIS CHEF BATTLYE ROYALE

Eight of the region’s top chefs are hand-selected by the Budweiser Taste of St. Louis Culinary Committee to compete head-to-head in seven “battle” categories. In 2016, and for the first time in 12 years, the battles included a "secret ingredient". 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 "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 the Budweiser Taste of St. Louis Executive Chef, Vito Racanelli. 

The Budweiser 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 chefs of the 2016 Chef Battle Royale

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


For additional information or questions about participating in the competition, contact amy@tastestl.com