Photo above by Jon Gitchof
ABOUT THE STELLA ARTOIS CULINARY STAGE
The Stella Artois Culinary Stage has been the hot spot of the Taste of St. Louis for the past 14 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, as well as top-notch culinary demonstrations and the Backstop Palooza Charity Cook-Off (Monarch Fire Department vs. Chesterfield Police Department).
CONGRATULATIONS TO THU REIN, THE 2018 STELLA ARTOIS CHEF BATTLE ROYALE CHAMPION
Each year, 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.
This year, newcomer Thu Rein Oo of The Crossing took the title in the final battle against 2017 Battle Royale Champion Trevor Ploeger. : : READ ABOUT THU REIN OO’S VICTORY IN THE 2018 CHEF BATTLE ROYALE : :
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 champion from the prior year is invited back to defend his title the following year. The Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale is managed and hosted byTaste 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.
2018 STELLA ARTOIS CHEF BATTLE ROYALE PARTICIPANTS
Matt Dubois – Scottish Arms
Austin Hamblin – Muddled Pig (not shown)
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 OO – The Crossing (2018 CHAMPION)