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Cochon 555 returns for a 5th time to Chicago
If you missed Baconfest last weekend, you can still get your fill of bacon and much more this coming Sunday at Cochon555. And this year, Chicago has a tradition to uphold! The 2012 winner from Chicago was Jason Vincent of Nightwood Restaurant. He then went on to win the Grand Cochon event in Aspen proving that Chicago is the most amazing culinary city in the country.
Arriving in The Windy City on Sunday, April 28 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Cochon 555, the pork-centric tour, gathers together five chefs, five pigs and five wineries at each event – ultimately touching down in 10 cities across the country and bringing its message of nose-to-tail cooking, breed diversity and family farming to food enthusiasts nationwide.
Each Cochon 555 event challenges five local chefs to prepare a menu created from the entirety of heritage breed pigs for an audience of pork-loving epicureans and celebrated judges. Chefs competing for Prince or Princess of Pork in Chicago are Kevin Hickey (Allium); Cosmo Goss (Publican Quality Meats); Matthias Merges (Yusho); Ryan Poli (Tavernita); and Josh Adams (June Restaurant). Guests will be treated to an epic pork feast alongside wines from five small family-owned wineries. Twenty judges and 400 guests help decide the winning chef, who is crowned the Prince of Pork and will compete against other regional winners at the finale Grand Cochon event at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen on Sunday, June 16.
Tickets are still available for both levels – standard ($125) and VIP ($200). The VIP tasting begins at 4 p.m. and the standard begins at 5 p.m. For ticket information visit their website at www.cochon555.com.