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Cochon 555 in Seattle: The (Pork-Filled) View from the Judging Tables

I had the opportunity to serve as a judge in Seattle's Cochon 555, a competition where local chefs take on heritage pigs with delicious results. Here's my point of view, from the judge's table. This was true nose-to-tail eating, most prominent in the long-cooking broths with head parts, the ubiquitous use of lardo, the addictive chicharrones, and the appearance of pork in the desserts. More

Scenes from Cochon 555, NYC

Cochon 555 took over Pier 60 yesterday, where five of New York's swankiest female chefs used whole heritage hogs in their menus, paired with five wineries and a slew of bourbon and mezcal tables, and an entire Berkshire hog was butchered by Sara Bigelow of The Meat Hook and raffled off. We ate and drank our way around the room and brought you our 13 favorite moments, and the team that took home the gold. More

Praise the Lard! 19 Bites from All-Star Cochon 555 in Vegas

Sunday marked the first-annual All-Star Cochon 555. Perhaps inevitably, this over-the-top love letter to all things pork was held in Vegas, the capital of over-the-top decadence, at the new Cosmopolitan Hotel. Winners and fan-favorites of Cochon 555, the traveling snout-to-tail pig cook-off, converged to show off their best swine bites, both savory and sweet. Headcheese, sliders, and porky spins on summer sweets (think cotton candy and snow cones) were in full-effect, as were pig puns. More

Seattle: Judging Cochon 555, the Super Bowl of Swine

Seattle chefs brought their A-game to Sunday's Cochon 555, the Super Bowl of Sustainable Swine. And by A-game, I mean pork belly topped with kimchi, bacon brittle gelato, pork blood ravioli, Scrapple Bomba, ham topped with "lardonnaise", trotter fritters, lard biscuits and much, much more. The event, which hits eight cities in the U.S., was created to showcase family farms raising heritage breed pigs. More

The Cochon 555 Traveling Show Makes Its Way to Chicago

Cochon 555 is a traveling series of food events featuring a competition of acclaimed local chefs cooking with heritage pigs. On Sunday night, the eighth in the 11-city tour was held in Chicago (the New York event was reviewed here on Serious Eats). Put on by Taste Network, an Atlanta-based company that does marketing and promotion for the artisan wine and cheese industries, the events serve three purposes. First, they increase awareness of heritage pigs and the food politics that go along with them. Second, they raise the profile of Taste Network. And third, the events serve as a fundraiser for charities related to the concept of eating locally produced, artisan-crafted foods. The Chicago event benefited Farms for City... More

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