Proper pork deserves proper respect, and Cochon 555 is coming to Chicago to show it. Now more than six years old, this traveling cooking competition seeks to promote the benefits of using heritage breed pigs. Five local chefs will compete in an epic, whole pig cookoff to earn a trip to the national Grand Cochon at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June. The winner of that competition will be declared the “King or Queen of Porc.”
This year the event will take place at the Renaissance Blackstone in downtown Chicago. The competitors will prepare six dishes each from an entire pig and deliver them to the judges and attending pork enthusiasts for deliberation. This year’s chefs come from some of the hottest Chicago restaurants: Cory Morris of Mercat a la Planxa, Tim Graham of Travelle, Ryan McCaskey of Acadia, Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish & Oyster, and Erik Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice.
Cochon 555 is on April 13th from 4 to 8pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Cochon 555 website.