Taste of the Upstate

Taste of the Upstate: Magical Makeovers
Sunday, April 28 • 11:30a – 2p
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
The 28th Annual Taste of the Upstate will explore the transformative power of the culinary arts with a “Magical Makeover” challenge. This year’s chefs will work their magic to create an enchanted new version of a classic dish. Come enjoy spellbinding bites, peruse our glamourous silent auction, and enjoy the bewitching sounds of Greenville’s own awarded -winning Darby Wilcox.


We are thrilled to announce participating restaurants for 2024!
Stay tuned as we add more…

Top Soil Kitchen & Market

Herbal Farmercy


  • John DeJong Culinary Excellence | Ahi Tuna with a Carrot Puree & Carrot Cake by Chef Joshua Dill, Sous Chef Addison Stone, and Pastry Chef Katie Shegda • Coral
  • People’s Choice | Shepherd’s Pie Potato Skins by Chef Michael Sibert • White Wine & Butter
  • Best Original Dish | Beet Soup by Chef Deborah Bouts • Sun Belly Café
  • Best Sweet Dish | Sweet Potato Shooter by Chef Makiya Lesley • PopKulture
  • Best Presentation | Tuna with Smoked Tomatillo Salsa by Chef Greg Teal • Avenue
  • Best Food Rescue Dish | Creamy Cajun Pasta Salad by Chef Eugenia Talley • The Herbal Farmercy


Guests will vote for their favorite in our People’s Choice award and our Taste of the Upstate judges will select the best dishes in the following categories:   

  • John DeJong Award for Overall Culinary Excellence  
  • Best Savory Dish 
  • Best Sweet Dish 
  • Best Magical Makeover

The John DeJong Culinary Excellence Award is presented in honor and memory of the former lead culinary judge of IFSEA Chef DeJong was a beloved and treasured participant of Taste of the Upstate for many years so this award is very dear to those involved and will be awarded to the best overall taste.     

The Best “Magical Makeover” will be awarded to the Chef who transforms a classic dish into the most innovative and creative way with the most delicious outcome.   

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