Cochon555 kicked off in New York City on Sunday. I’m no stranger to the magical animal that makes both ham and bacon, but I was constantly surprised by the level of innovative cooking that me and my arteries witnessed.
Competing chefs included Chef Nicole Gajadhar of Saxon + Parole, Chef Ryan Bartlow of Quality Eats, Chef Greg Baxtrom of Olmsted, Chef Aaron Hoskins of Birds & Bubblesand Chef Chris Szyjka of Chefs Club by Food & Wine. Each put a unique spin on their heritage breed hogs – but Nicole’s dishes won the day.
Even better, this is only the first stop in a nation-wide tour of hog-cookery. Next up is Minneapolis, Minnesota. I can only imagine what I’ll be eating.