Chef Battle Royale Competitors Announced

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       Taste of St. Louis' Chef Battle Royale | Kayci Merritte
  •        Taste of St. Louis' Chef Battle Royale | Kayci Merritte

The Chef Battle Royale is back! Taste of St. Louis has announced seven of the eight chefs who will be competing at this year's event. The final spot will be won in a breakfast food competition on Fox 2 a week before Taste of St. Louis.

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The free, three-day event starts September 27 at the Soliders' Memorial (12th & Market, 314-534-2100). Hosted by Taste of St. Louis' executive chef Vito Racanelli of Mad Tomato (8000 Carondelet, Clayton, 314-932-5733), eight local chefs will battle each other in a live culinary competition thoughout the weekend.

Last year's winner, Christopher Lee of River City Event Center, defeated Jack MacMurray of Jack's Distinctive Taste in the finale battle of beef and beer. Lee beat MacMurray, the 2010 Battle Royale champ, by a mere two points.

There are seven battle categories; each chef must make their best dish in 45 minutes in front of a live audience at Taste of St. Louis. Judges decide who will advance to the next round. This year's categories are mushroom, vegetable, chicken-and-egg, lobster, beef, pork, and cheese. The final round will include dessert.

Next: This year's Chef Battle Royale competitors.

Christopher Lee, River City Event Center (777 River City Casino Boulevard, 888-578-7289) Patrick Connolly, Basso (7036 Clayton Avenue, 314-932-7818) Eric Brenner, Alumni (200 North 13th Street, 314-241-5888) Elizabeth Schuster, Tenacious Eats (314-605-3684) Wil Pelly, Sanctuaria (4198 Manchester Avenue, 314-535-9700) Jon Lowe, Oceano Bistro (44 North Brentwood Boulevard, Clayton, 314-721-9400) Tony Marchetto, Prasino (1520 South 5th Street, St. Charles, 636-277-0202)

KPLR/Fox 2 Chef Finalists: Rachel Obermeyer, Prime 1000 (1000 Washington Avenue, 314-241-1000) Josh Norris, Triumph Grill (3419 Olive Street, 314-446-1801)

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