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January 23, 2024
Indianapolis chef Craig Baker took home the top award at this year’s Taste of Elegance held on Jan. 17 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. The premier chef’s competition, hosted by Indiana Pork, is a culinary event designed to inspire innovative and exciting ways to serve pork.
Each year, the Taste of Elegance program brings talented chefs together to compete in the prestigious event created to encourage chefs to use pork more frequently in creative, non-traditional ways. The event attracts over 400 pork farmers, lawmakers, ag industry leaders, and dignitaries to downtown Indianapolis for an evening of elegance and celebration.
Chef Baker's featured pork was prepared in two ways. The dish was a Moo Ping Iberico Pork Secreto with Soy Forbidden Rice, a Charred Baby Beet Salad, Sticky Pork Belly, Smoked Rice Krispies and Thai Red Curry Espuma. As the Taste of Elegance winner, Sample was presented with a check for $1,000 from Indiana Pork.
"Chef Baker is no stranger to food competitions," said Jeanette Merritt, director of communications of Indiana Pork. "Chef has a great understanding of how to make pork taste delicious and design a plate that is appealing to the judges. His dish was an outstanding example of well-prepared pork!"
The 2024 Indiana Taste of Elegance featured some of the state’s top chefs, including:
Chef Michael Gomez — Gomez Catering and Events, Indianapolis
Chef Darrelle Soper, personal chef
Chef Chefski Laskowski, personal chef
Chef Jason Crouch, Hotel Carmichael, Indianapolis
Chef Cole Padgett - Taxman, Fortville
Chef Craig Greenwell, Earl Enterprises, Indianapolis
Chef AJ Feeney-Ruiz, Books, Bourbon & Bacon, Indianapolis
Chef Steven Amore, personal chef
Chef Craig Baker, HAIV Hospitality, Indianapolis
Chef Cole Padgett, Taxman Brewing, Fortville
Chef Lance George, Comida, Indianapolis
Chef Daniel Keiner, The Hulman at Hotel Indy, Indianapolis
Chef Felicia Grady, Plate it Up Catering, Indianapolis
Other winning chefs from the night include:
Superior Chef Award (2nd place): Steven Amore
Premium Chef Award (3rd place): Chefski Laskowski
Wine Pairing Award: Craig Baker
People’s Choice Award — Favorite Entrée: Michael Gomez
People’s Choice Award — Favorite Display: Daniel Keiner
People’s Choice Award — Favorite Wine: McClure's Orchard & Winery
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