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 sevenbattlecategories. After three days of intense competition, only one chef is left standing and crowned the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale Champion. 

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2018 STELLA ARTOIS CHEF BATTLE ROYALE PARTICIPANTS

This year's line-up of talent includes:

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.