With an all-star cast of chefs who specialize in whole animal cooking paired with farmers responsibly raising delicious heritage breed pigs, Cochon555 visits Houston on Sunday, February 17. The all-inclusive feast will feature a hundred-plus prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps all working in concert to create luxurious moments that educate the palate. At the heart, Cochon555 aims to create moments of inspiration, and to engender discussion and action – to buy, to cook, shop and donate in the name of safe, honest, and delicious food. For an in-depth look at the Cochon555 movement, watch the overview video, and to purchase tickets, visit http://cochon555.com/us-tour/2019-houston/.
Cochon555 is proud to announce Houston’s group of cutting-edge chefs from across the city, each cooking one whole heritage breed pig raised by a family farm. This year’s competing chefs include Host Chef Marcos Navarro from Bayou & Bottle at Four Seasons Hotel Houston, Chef Richard Knight from Atlas Diner, Chef Jess DeSham Timmons from Cherry Block Craft Butcher & Kitchen, Chef Quy Hoang from Blood Bros BBQ and Chef EJ Miller from International Smoke. One week before the event, each chef receives a 200-pound heritage breed pig sustainably sourced from AcornSeekers, Chubby Dog Farm, Black Hill Meats, 3 Sisters Farm and Whitehurst Heritage Farm to create a maximum of 6 dishes for competition. One chef from Houston will be crowned for their whole pig cookery skills. With dozens of bites from iconic local chefs, boutique distillers, and artisan winemakers, the event is akin to an epic tasting menu of heritage breed pork with endless beverage pairings.
To win the friendly competition for a cause, a chef’s menu must woo 20 celebrity judges with their “Judge’s Plate” scored on utilization, technique, overall flavor, and be voted “best bite of the day” by guests. The winning “Prince or Princess of Pork” in Houston will advance to the national finale, Grand Cochon, a head-to-tail, winner-takes-all showdown for the crown in Chicago on September 15, 2019. Additionally, running in tandem are two satellite beverage competitions to complement the whole-animal tilt; Punch Kings presented by El Tesoro Tequila, a whole bottle, large-format spirit competition featuring five top barkeeps in a hand-crafted punch challenge and Somm Smackdown, a face-off of five top sommeliers pairing the best wine with heritage pig.