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Creative pork recipes prevail at 2013 Taste of Elegance
Chef Rob Gamble of the Big Foot Country Club captured the Chef Par Excellence award at the 2013 Wisconsin Taste of Elegance last Thursday at the Kalahari resort in Wisconsin Dells. He is pictured receiving the award from Adams County's Fairest of the Fair while his fellow cooking competitors look on. Emcee for the evening was 2012 Alice in Dairyland Katie Wirkus, left. - photo by David Krier

Chef Rob Gamble, Big Foot Country Club, Fontana, captured the Chef Par Excellence award at the 2013 Wisconsin’s Taste of Elegance competition with his entrée Korean Barbequed Pork Pierogi.  Chef Gamble competed against six other finalists for the $750 award. 

“I love Korean Barbeque and I have a Polish heritage, so I simply combined the two to create this unique entrée,” Chef Gamble says. “The Taste of Elegance is a great competition and it’s always been fun for me.”

As the Chef Par Excellence, Chef Gamble will be attending an educational weekend hosted by the National Pork Board and held at The Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in St. Helena, Calif.

Chef James Deptula, Heartland Grill, Madison, received the $500 Superior Chef recognition for his preparation of A Pork Tasting of Mexico, Tamale, Pozole and Mole.

Chef Tyler Sailsbery, The Black Sheep Restaurant, Whitewater, was the recipient of the Premium Chef award and $250 with his Pancetta Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Soy Pomegranate Drizzle and Brandied Apricot.  In addition, Chef Sailsbery, received the People’s Choice Award and $250 for his entree. The new award this year, Best of Soy and $250, was won by Chef Paul Cummings, Heidel House Resort & Spa, Green Lake.

The Taste of Elegance featured seven of Wisconsin’s finest chefs who prepared an original pork entrée that has not been previously featured on their menu.  Johnsonville Sausage; Tyson Foods, Inc.; Pork Checkoff; Resource Engineering Associates, Inc.; Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board; and Wisconsin Pork Association sponsored the 2013 Taste of Elegance event last Thursday evening at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells.

The program was created to encourage pork menuing in a creative and non-traditional manner.  Chefs present their entrées to a panel of three judges, who were looking for taste, appearance and originality. 

Entries were judged based on originality, appearance, and taste.  Judges for the evening were Chef Jeff Igel, Culinary Arts Manager, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton; John Chastan, General Manager, Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells; and Chef Mike Obois, House of Embers, Wisconsin Dells.

To receive a copy of the recipes, contact the Wisconsin Pork Association by phone 608-723-7551, visit the website at, or e-mail