||COCHON 555 – five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers – is a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs. The event challenges five local chefs to prepare a menu created from heritage breed pigs, nose-to-tail, for an audience of pork-loving epicureans.|
THE FIVE CHEFS: 2012 Los Angeles competing chefs include Chad Colby of Mozza, Ben Ford of Ford's Filling Station, Neal Fraser and Travis Lorton, co-owners of the Strand House, Grace & BLT, Jason Neroni of Superba Snack Bar, and Micah Wexler of Mezze.
Guests will be treated to an epic pork feast of five whole heritage pigs prepared by five chefs and wines from five family wineries, including Turley, Matthiasson, Scholium Project, K Vintners and Buty. The evening will also include wines from Elk Cove Vineyards, SALDO, Sokol Blosser and Simi. Watch a butcher demonstration from Lindy & Grundy, Local, Pastured & Organic Meats, and take your chance to win cookware through an interactive tasting contest with Chef Joshua Whigham of The Bazaar by José Andrés. Libations include beers from Anchor Brewing, tastings of Chinaco Tequila and the "Perfect Manhattan" Cochon 555 Bar with Daniel Hyatt of Alembic SF showcasing craft American spirits including Hirsch, Angel's Envy, Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Templeton Rye, Hudson Whiskey's Baby Bourbon and Luxardo cherries. After the close of the judging, host chef Sean Denton of the House of Blues will preview Cochon Heritage BBQ with a whole hog family meal. Attendees don't forget that everyone votes for the "Best Bite of the Day" before we combine the consumer votes (51%) with the technical score from the local judges (49%) and announce one chef as the Prince or Princess of Porc. The winner will go on to compete against other regional winners at the finale Grand Cochon event at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 17, 2012.
To start the awards ceremony, we host a 25th anniversary champagne toast to the James Beard Foundation, sponsored by Laurent-Perrier Champagne, now celebrating its 200th year. To close the evening, we offer an exclusive chocolate experience from Xocolatl de David and cold-brew from Safari Cup Coffee.