Tally’s Silver Spoon chef named 4th Annual Rapid City Taste of Elegance winner

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Rapid City, SD – The South Dakota Pork Producers Council held their 4th Annual Rapid City Taste of Elegance competition on September 20 at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. The Taste of Elegance Competition is one of the pork industry’s premier events in the food service industry. This year’s first place winning entrée, SD BBQ, featured Pork Flat Iron and Pork Belly prepared by Owner and Chef Benjamin Klinkel at Tally’s Silver Spoon, Rapid City.

“I have judged The Taste of Elegance both nationally and regionally but never the Rapid City Challenge. I was truly enthused by the distinctive ideas and execution by each and all of the Chefs. With the variety of meat cuts and techniques ranging from braising, smoking, roasting, sous vide to more. The Rapid City experience showcased a lot of depth in this group further demonstrating the versatility of Pork as a flavorful protein in the recipes presented. Bravo!” said Judge Michael Foley of vegetabealchemy.com and michaelfoleyfood.com.

“The Rapid City Taste of Elegance is growing more popular with the western chefs every year as we had eight chefs in the competition this year along with excellent tasting pork dishes and a variety of preparation this year. I felt the presentation displays were excellent with flowers and ice sculptures at numerous chefs’ tables.” said SDPPC President Lester Moeller.

“It was my 4th time judging in Rapid City and it just keeps getting better and better. There are more techniques, new and innovated ways of cooking pork. I would say come for the food, stay for sights seeing.” said Executive Chef Tim McCarty Mayo Foundation House/ Sodexo Rochester MN.

“We hold this event to help give exposure of the great talent these amazing chefs have. It is also an excellent way to promote our industry and product on the other end of the state.” stated Stacey Sorlien, Program and Communications Director for the South Dakota Pork Producers Council.

Klinkel received a crystal engraved award, $1,000 and will attend the Pork Summit that will be held in St. Helena, California in the Napa Valley at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus. He will have the opportunity to spend the weekend with Celebrated Chefs; experience butchering and cooking demonstrations and work alongside the Celebrated Chefs in Greystone’s world famous teaching kitchens. The Pork Summit will be held on April 2016.

Chef Matthew Basy of Delmonico Grill, Rapid City received this year’s 2nd place in the 2015 Rapid City competition with Los Tres Creditos “The Three Little Pigs”, and Chef Farzad Farrokhi of Minervas, Rapid City received 3rd place with The Harvest Hog.

The Taste of Elegance is a culinary competition that encourages chefs to create innovative and exciting recipes using pork. A panel of three esteemed chefs, Celebrated Chef Tim McCarty, Mayo Foundation House; Rochester, MN, Chef Kelsey Anderson, Manager of Tap House 41 and All Day Café; Sioux Falls and Celebrated Chef Michael Foley, Chicago, judges the entrées of 6 chefs based on originality, appearance and taste.

The chefs prepared samples of their entrées for an evening event. Nearly 240 people attended this year’s 4th Annual Rapid City Taste of Elegance Contest at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn. Bavarian Pork Shank prepared by Chef Gunter Schnepp from Enigma, Rapid City, was awarded the People’s Choice Award. With this honor Schnepp received $250 & a crystal award. The People’s Choice Runner-Up winner was Chef Benjamin Klinkel of Tally’s Silver Spoon, Rapid City creating SD BBQ. Guests also voted on the best display presentation by the chefs. Chef Matthew Blasy, Delmonico Grill received $100 and the Best Display Award.

Other participating chefs included Chef Levi Venner of Tally’s Silver Spoon, Rapid City; with the dish of Heluka Nacatamal; Chef Aleaha Gheree of Botticelli Ristorante, Rapid City with the Prairie Pork and Pear.

Sponsoring this year’s event are John Morrell & Co.; Farmland; Zoetis; Firehouse Wine Cellar; Valliant Vineyards, Preferred Printing; Dimock Cheese; Lynn’s Dakotamart; Farm Credit Services of America; Campbell Supply; National Pork Board; and South Dakota Pork Producers Council.