A recipe prepared with Berkridge Pork won the 2006 People’s Choice Award at the 20th annual Taste of Elegance competition, sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers.
Brice Dix, executive chef at the Bourbon Street Restaurant in Cedar Falls, prepared the winning entrée – a chipotle spiked barbeque braised pulled pork shoulder, was made with Berkridge Pork, a new brand of 100% Berkshire pork, headquartered in Sioux Center.
“I’m very happy that Berkridge chose to sponsor me in the event,” said Dix, the Iowa Restaurant Association’s 2005 Chef of the Year. “The fact that a majority of the 200 guests chose Berkridge as their favorite says a lot about the product.”
The Taste of Elegance is an annual event that features 12 of Iowa’s most accomplished chefs in direct competition with judging is based on taste, appearance and originality.
“This is a great honor for Berkridge,” said Troy Arends, director of sales and marketing for Berkridge Pork. “Brice Dix is an incredible chef, and we’re happy Berkridge can sponsor such a promising young talent.”
Berkridge Pork is a joint venture between Trans Ova Genetics and Pro Pork, both of Sioux Center. The hogs are raised on family farms across the Midwest and shipped world wide. Widely popular in Japan, Berkridge has recently begun distribution in the United States.
“We have a great product here. It’s been recognized abroad for more than a decade as a brand that means excellence in taste, texture, freshness and overall quality,” Arends said. “The Berkridge name is quickly becoming synonymous for those same attributes in the United States since we’ve begun to market our brand domestically. As part of that effort, we’re looking forward to working with great chefs like Brice all across the Midwest.”