Taste — A culinary contest for Iowa's professional chefs

Taste (formerly Taste of Elegance) is a professional chef competition hosted by the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) to celebrate pork and highlight Iowa’s best pork chefs.

Pig farmers work hard to produce safe, wholesome, and affordable pork for all consumers to enjoy, and we know that chefs work equally hard to create superior entrées that keep their customers coming back. 

It takes both industries working together to better serve consumers, and we hope to inspire innovative and exciting ways to menu pork!

The 37th-annual Taste event was held Jan. 22, 2024, at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines.

Pork cut for 2024: Boneless Pork Loin


  • Dec. 5: Applications due.
  • Dec. 13: Commitment forms and deposit due for selected chefs.
  • Jan. 5: Recipes due.

2024 Rules & Guidelines

Read about the 2024 winners