Student Taste culinary contest

Register by Feb. 21 for the next contest, set for March 4 in Ankeny!

A student version of our professional Taste competition! Every March, the Iowa Pork Producers Association challenges culinary students from Iowa colleges and universities to create an entrée using a select cut of pork. Judges critique each dish's taste, appearance, complementing sides, and design.

2024 Rules & Guidelines

Read about 2023 winners


Check out the top dishes in 2023!

First place

Japanese and Korean influences are fused into a bowl of ramen. The Japanese noodle soup is topped with pork blade steak cooked in a sweet and spicy gochujang sauce (red chili paste used in Korean cooking), along with enoki mushrooms, a soy-marinated egg, kimchi (Korean dish of spicy pickled cabbage), green onions, and toasted sesame seeds.

Second place

Mexican-inspired fajitas feature citrus-marinated pork from Gettler Farms in Red Oak. The meat is sliced thin and soaked in the zest and juice of oranges, limes, and lemons, with vinegar and other spices, then combined with onions and peppers and served with homemade tortillas, rice and beans mixed with pickled vegetables, and salsa verde. 

Third place

For this pork blade steak roulade, the pork is rolled around an oyster mushroom and pine nut filling. The complete plate has parsnip puree and hash, Brussel sprouts and beet slaw, and a raspberry-balsamic reduction.