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ABOUT THE 2019 CULINARY STAGE

The Chef Battle Royale has increasingly become a patron favorite, and 2019 is sure to not disappoint! This year, The chef competition will take place outdoors on the Culinary Main Stage. Head to head, the chefs battle for 2019’s exclusive Chef Battle Royale crown. For the first time ever, the chefs’ talents will be displayed on a massive LED video wall for spectators to get an up-close and personal view of the competition. 

Each year, eight of the region’s top chefs are hand-selected by the Taste of St. Louis Culinary Committee to compete in sevenbattlecategories. After three days of intense competition, only one chef is left standing and crowned the Chef Battle Royale Champion. Click here for our "behind the scenes" chefs!

This year – the stage will heat up with some of the region’s most talented chefs!

THE 2019 CHEF BATTLE ROYALE COMPETITORS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN!
Read about the participating chefs here

CHEF THU REIN OO (Returning Champ) – Executive Chef, The Crossing
CHEF CASSY VIRES – Executive Chef, Winslow’s Home & Farm
CHEF AUSTIN HAMBLIN – Executive Chef, Cork Wine Bar
CHEF MATT BIRK – Executive Chef, Union 30/Hotel Saint Louis
CHEF JASON SPARKS – Executive Chef/Owner, Layla
CHEF MATT DUBOIS – Executive Chef, The Scottish Arms
CHEF MATTHEW R. DAWSON – Executive Chef, Cafe Coeur
CHEF EMILY NOVOTNY – Pastry Chef, Eleven Eleven Mississippi

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. 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 Chef Battle Royale one of the most acclaimed competitions in the region.

In 2018, newcomer Thu Rein Oo of The Crossing Restaurant 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