On Sunday, June 16, Father's Day and the last day of the highly attractive FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, Grand Cochon gives pork aficionados a chance to indulge in pig-centric dishes from ten of the countries most talented chefs. Grand Cochon, is the finale of the fifth national tour of Cochon 555, a traveling culinary competition created to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs and responsible agriculture.
The event features more than 30 dishes from around the country, a butcher demonstration by chef Bill Greenwood of Beano's Cabin presented by Miyabi / Zwilling USA, a special Tar Tare Bar presented by SIMI Winery, "Perfect Manhattan" Bourbon Bar presented by Breadcrumb, the new Mezcal Tasting, a lavish cheese bar, countless reserve wines, craft brews, and more.
The ten participating chefs have all won their regional competitions in this year's tour. They are: Missy Robbins New York, Ryan Smith of Empire State South Atlanta, Jason Harrison of Flame Four Seasons Resort Vail, Jason Franey of Canlis Seattle, Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow Boston, Mike Isabella of Graffiato Washington, D.C., Adam Sobel of RN74 San Francisco, Aaron Brooks of Edge Four Seasons Miami, Cosmo Goss of Publican Quality Meats Chicago, and Ray Garcia of Fig Los Angeles.
These chefs compete for the title of King or Queen of Porc, an honor bestowed upon them by an audience of 500 pork-loving epicureans and 20 celebrated judges. The list of judges has been released and it includes big names in the food world like Andrew Zimmern, Michael Voltaggio, Claudine Pepin, and Jason Vincent.
Here's the scoop on how judging works: the judges arrive before the guests and are ushered into an area where instructions are provided. Scoring sheets in hand, they proceed to taste the dishes prepared by each of the ten chefs. With an average of three dishes per chef, some serious strategy and stamina is required to get through this in a limited amount of time.
Everyone needs a strategy, so today, Eater asks that you share your advice and tips for the judges in the comment section below for a chance to win TWO General Admission tickets, a $300 value. To be eligible to win, you must also leave an email address below in the comment section. A winner will be selected through a random drawing on Thursday at 11 a.m.
Tickets are still available ($150 general admission, $200 VIP) and can be purchased online on the Grand Cochon website.
· Cochon 555: Swine, Stollen Kisses, Tears, and Whining [EDen]
· Grand Cochon: Ticket Order [Official Website]