The most epic celebration of pork, Cochon555, is on the road again with its next stop at Washington DC’s Union Market on Sunday, March 22nd where a culinary competition between the brightest regional culinary stars create dishes based on heritage pigs to feed attendees and notable culinary judges in a battle for the Prince or Princess of Porc. The 2015 tour has already been in New York City, Houston, Boston, Minneapolis, and Denver with upcoming celebrations in Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago – each city crowns a “Prince of Porc” with a grand heritage pig cook-off at the Aspen Food and Wine Show where the King of Porc will reign for the coming year.
Five chefs, five heritage pigs and five winemakers make up this one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition promoting sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs, one whole pig at a time. The tour is aligned with the modern-day good food movement — notable chefs, barrier-breaking women, artist-like butchers, spirited bartenders, top winemakers, brewers, distillers and brazen pastry talent working together to prepare an epic feast celebrating responsible family farming.
The weekend of gastronomy culminates Sunday in a must-do culinary experience featuring five chefs cooking five pigs in a friendly competition for a cause. This year’s Washington DC competing chefs include Spike Mendelsohn of Bearnaise, Victor Albisu of Del Campo & Taco Bamba, Jeffrey Buben of Vidalia, Danny Lee of Mandu and Jonah Kim of Yona. The five chefs, champions of whole hog utilization, will prepare a maximum of six dishes with hopes to win votes from a crowd of hungry gourmands and celebrated judges.
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