After a series of pork-centric events across the nation, Cochon555 culminates in the Grand Cochon right here in Chicago, with chefs competing for the coveted title of King or Queen of Porc.
What would you do with a 220-pound pig? Chefs competing at Cochon555 have a week to figure it out, creating six dishes from a heritage breed pig to feed 450 people at cook-offs across the country. This year, Chicago hosts the national finale, and Travelle Kitchen + Bar’s chef Ricardo Jarquin will be the hometown favorite.
A series of charcuterie and cocktail pop-ups, cookbook signings, and a bourbon cocktail shake-off lead up to the epic Grand Cochon on Oct. 1, when 14 regional winners face off with a whole-hog tasting menu at Fulton River District’s Morgan Manufacturing. They’ll recreate several of their winning dishes for the audience and industry judges, who will crown one King or Queen of Porc. All proceeds from the event will be donated to both the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery and Piggy Bank, a genetic sanctuary for heritage breed pigs.
New this year, a summit explores food and identity at the Chicago Athletic Association the day before the main event. Keynote speakers include cookbook author Naomi Duguid and UC Berkeley Food Institute Director Nina Ichikawa. Panels and roundtable discussions on pressing social issues like labor and diversity will be interspersed with tastings of globally inspired food and wine. cochon555.com/grandcochon