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Taste of Elegance Competition

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association is the sponsor of the Taste of Elegance competition, which was added to the Pinot, Pigs & Poets event lineup in 2013. Delectable pork samplings are judged during the competition, and the winning chef is awarded a trip to the annual Pork Summit at the Greystone Campus of the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California.

 

Past Competition Winners

2017

Winner: Chef Tim Nicholson, The Boiler Room

2016

Winner: Chef Glenn Wheeler, Spencer's For Steaks and Chops

2015

Winner: Chef Kyle Lamb, V.Mertz

2014

Winner: Chef Jason Hughes, Happy Hollow Club

2013

Winner: Chef John Ursick, Stokes Grill & Bar

 

2018 Competition Judges

Judge Title Company
 
 
Clayton Chapman Chef The Grey Plume
 
Grant Hon Chef Omaha Steaks
 
Delbert "Deke" Reichardt Chef Instructor, Culinary Arts Metropolitan Community College
 
Glenn Wheeler Chef Spencer's For Steaks And Chops Omaha
 

Past Competition Judges

2017

Judge Title Company
 
 
Dr. Fayrene Hamouz Professor of Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management, Emeriti/Pro-Start Coordinator University of Nebraska Lincoln/Nebraska Restaurant Association
 
Grant Hon Chef Omaha Steaks
 
Brian O'Malley Executive Director Institute for the Culinary Arts, Metropolitan Community College
 
Glenn Wheeler Chef Spencer's For Steaks And Chops Omaha

2016

Judge Title Company
 
 
Cedric Fichepain Chef Le Voltaire
 
Dr. Fayrene Hamouz Professor of Hospitality Restaurant & Tourism Management at UNL
 
Anne Rehnstrom Marketing Assistant National Pork Board
 
Jim Trebbien Co-owner Chef^2 Oils, Vinegars & More,
Omaha Culinary Tours
 

2015

Judge Title Company
 
 
Dr. Fayrene Hamouz Professor of Hospitality Restaurant & Tourism Management at UNL
 
Anne Rehnstrom Marketing Assistant National Pork Board
 
Nick Strawhecker Chef Dante Ristorante Pizzeria
 
Jim Trebbien Co-owner Chef^2 Oils, Vinegars & More,
Omaha Culinary Tours

2014

Judge Title Company
 
 
Clayton Chapman Chef The Grey Plume
 
Anne Rehnstrom Marketing Assistant National Pork Board
 
Jim Trebbien Dean of Culinary Arts,

Hospitality and Horticulture

Metropolitan Community College
 
Glenn Wheeler Executive Chef Spencer's

2013

Judge Title Company
 
 
Judy Gilliard Chef Judy a la Carte
 
Sarah Baker Hansen Food Writer Omaha World-Herald
 
Jan Miller President-Elect Nebraska Pork Producers Association
 
Jim Trebbien Dean of Culinary Arts,

Hospitality and Horticulture

Metropolitan Community College