Cochon 555 seems to be the Coachella of the food scene. It’s an absolute celebration of all things pig/pork/swine and some may scream its HOG-riffic! This past Sunday at the Four Seasons the FIFTH “season” of Cochon 555 was held. Not only is the Cochon event a celebration it’s a competition for bragging rights. Last year, Chicago’s own Jason Vincent, Nightwood, won the National Competition.
But, I’m getting ahead of myself….
Cochon takes 5 great chef’s in cities across the country, Chicago – Kevin Hickey from Allium, Cosmo Goss from Publican Quality Meats, Matthias Merges from Yusho, Ryan Poli from Tavernita, and Josh Adams from June – gives them each their own heritage breed hog (the second 5) and one week to dream up something AWESOME! You may be asking what is the third 5 – winemakers!
This event celebrates great chefs working with flavorful heritage pigs while we all drink great wine – can you see why this is one of my favorite events of the year? It also feels like a kickoff to the summer BBQ season. I loved seeing people entranced by Rob Levitt butchering a whole hog. I think some even drooled. Chef Ryan Poli had a Apocolyptic approach that involved a dancing pig and capes - can you say swine euphoria?
The Prince of Proc from Chicago this year and representing us in Vail, CO at the Food and Wine festival will be Cosmo Goss of PQM. I can’t imagine being a judge since it must have been a close vote. To learn more about Cochon and what it’s about, check out this cool video. Grubstreet has an amazing photo spread by Huge Galdones which you can check out here.
Make sure Cochon is on your radar for next spring! Oh and I ran in to Charlie McKenna of Lillie's Q - look for the Phoenix to rise again in "summer." I'm not about to jinx that date with more specifics!
Joe Campagna is the Chicago Food Snob. A former restaurant General Manager, Server and Chef you can find him on twitter @chifoodsnob. You can reach him through email at email@example.com.
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