Chef Lee brings home victory at the Taste of St. Louis Chef Battle Royale


Christopher Lee brings home the victory at the Taste of St. Louis Chef Battle Royale

Saint Louis, MO (October 2, 2012) – In Good Company, LLC, the company that brought you Café Ventana, Sanctuaria, Diablitos Cantina and Hendricks BBQ would like to their congratulate Exectuive Chef, Christopher Lee on his victory this past weekend in the Chef Battle Royale at the Taste of St. Louis.

The Taste of St. Louis Culinary committee hand-selected eight of metro St. Louis’ top chefs to participate in the Chef Battle Royale. This bracket-style competition was a head-to-head battle in which each chef was expected to produce his or her best dish (per category) in front of a live audience.

In Round 1 of the competition, Chef Lee competed in “Battle Cheese” against Chef Carl Hazel of 1111 Mississippi.  His winnnig dish was a fondue crafted with Cherbourg, then topped with braised red onion and beet compote and goat and Bloomsdale stuffed tortellini finished with arugula pesto. Chef Lee scored the highest points ever awarded in the Chef Battle Royale in this round and earned 2 perfect scores.

In Round 2, Elizabeth Schuster of Fifi Coco faced off against Chef Lee in “Battle Mushroom” with his play on Italian coffee, service using a Bialletti style espresso brewer, milk foam and a reduction on Madeira with Shiitake, golden oyster, gray oyster and honseminji.

For the final round, “Battle Beef and Beer”, Chef Lee competed against Jack McMurray of Jack’s Distinctive Taste with a pan seared, herbed crusted bone-in rib eye with Stella Artois mustard, butter lettuce tossed in a light mustard Stella Artois vinaigrette, beer battered onion rings and a Stella Artois pan sauce.  Round 3 also included dessert, in which Chef Lee created “The King of Ice Cream Sandwiches” using a chocolate chip and black walnut cookie stuffed with Budweiser ice cream.

About In Good Company, LLC

In Good Company, LLC is owned by St. Louis’ well known and distinguished serial entrepreneurs Ami Grimes and Gurpreet Padda.  Priding themselves as being the patron saints of lost real estate causes with emphasis on restaurant projects and revitalizing surrounding communities with a mission to provide a comfortable, inviting atmosphere where people gather over great food and amazing cocktails for a unforgettable culinary dining experience.