Klaus Happel, executive chef at the Renaissance Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale, AZ, won top honors in the 17th annual national Taste of Elegance contest May 1 in Orlando, FL.

The Pork Checkoff-funded competition featured 22 chefs, all winners of state and regional Taste of Elegance contests.

Chef Happel earned Chef Par Excellence honors and a check for $5,000 for his winning entrée, Braised Pork Shank Medallion Wrapped in Savoy Cabbage.