Cochon 555: The Traveling Culinary Competition Comes to Chicago

Cochon 555 is a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event that includes five chefs, five pigs and five wine makers to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs. Each stop along the ten-city tour offers hard-working local farmers the opportunity to connect with like-minded agriculturalists, renowned chefs and the pork-loving public. Now in it’s third domestic tour, Brady Lowe, Founder and President & Creative Director of Taste Network, is passionate about increasing awareness of the sources that support a more natural, sustainable food system.

The event comes to Chicago on 3/20 and will be held at the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel on Michigan Avenue. Featured will be Mike Sheerin (3 Floyds Brewpub), Andrew Zimmerman (Sepia), Michael Fiorello (Mercat a la Planxa), Chris Pandel (The Bristol), and Top Chef’s Stephanie Izard (Girl and the Goat) with wine from Alysian, Copain Wine Cellars, Elk Cove Vineyards, Red Car Wine and Chase Family Cellars. The group of chefs will each prepare a 175 pound heritage breed hog from head to toe for this friendly competition. Guests and local judges will determine a winner based on presentation, utilization and overall best flavor to help select the “Prince or Princess of Porc.”

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