Photo above by Jon Gitchoff
THE STELLA ARTOIS CHEF BATTLE ROYALE
The Stella Artois Culinary Stage has been the hot spot of the Taste of St. Louis for the past 13 years. This must-see attraction hosts the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale – live, head-to-head battles from some of the region's best chefs.
Eight of the region’s top chefs are hand-selected by the Taste of St. Louis Culinary Committee to compete 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.
2018 STELLA ARTOIS CHEF BATTLE ROYALE PARTICIPANTS
This year's line-up of talent includes:
- Matt Dubois – Scottish Arms
- Candice Poss – Cork and Barrel Chop House and Spirits
- Trevor Ploeger – Eleven Eleven Mississippi (2017 Returning Champion)
- Alex Salkowski – Sidney Street Cafe
- Liz Schuster – West End Grill and Pub
- Jack Mac – The Boathouse
- David Sandusky – Beast Craft BBQ
- Thu Rein – The Crossing
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 2017 competition was certainly "heated" as the 8 competitors went head-to-head to vie for the Chef Battle Royale Championship title. After three rounds of intense competition, Chef Trevor Ploeger of Eleven Eleven Mississippi took the win – after winning two tied rounds! He returns this year as the defending champion.