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Butcher Battle In Seattle

Butcher Battle In Seattle

THE BATTLE IN SEATTLE…
BRANDON SHEARD VS. JOSHUA GRAVES
FEBRUARY 20TH – THE WESTIN SEATTLE

Brandon Sheard, Vashon Island, WA
Brandon and Lauren Sheard live on Vashon Island with their one and half year old son, Wallace. Together they own and operate Farmstead Meatsmith (farmsteadmeatsmith.com), providing personal slaughter, butchery, charcuterie and instructional services to small farmers and people who want to learn traditional livestock processing.
Brandon learned his trade by managing the butcher shop at la Boucherie on Vashon for about two years. He has a passion for unearthing lost traditions of good meat thrift. These old methods not only reflect responsible husbandry, but also result in the most delicious products. This has been his focus with Farmstead Meatsmith and in his own kitchen.

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Joshua Graves, Portland, OR
Originally form Dallas, TX. Joshua later moved to Cleveland, OH and then attended Ohio State University where he earned a degree in hospitality management and business. After college continued his education and attended culinary school CIA in Hyde Park, NY. It was there that he began working at Fleishers and began his career in the butchery world. In October of 2009 he moved to Portland to help in the opening of Olympic Provisions where he is now the plant manager of the meat department. Olympic Provisions is Oregon’s first and only USDA curing facility where they specialize in dry fermented sausages as well as whole muscle curing and fresh sausages. Joshua hopes to soon open a full scale butcher shop and USDA cutting and distributing plant to do direct trade with local farmers and ranchers as well as provide meat from local farmers to area restaurants.
These two butchers will split a pure bred Berkshire pig from Newman Farm, and get 40 minutes to cut it to spec, and have 15 minutes to freestyle on a whole head. Judging will be based on efficiency, skill, speed, utilization, and profitability of their cutting. We found two of the finest from the trade in the Pacific Northwest to show Seattle what the Butchering trade is all about.

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?

"2016 Event of the Year!"
Time Out New York

"Raising the Bar for Dining Festivals"
LA Times

"The Porcine Equivalent of Christmas"
Seattle Metropolitan

"Pork-tastic Goodness!"
Food & Wine Magazine

"Stunning in its Professionalism"
Jonathan Gold

"Stunning in its Professionalism"
Jonathan Gold

"Cochon555 Features Some of The Best Chefs in Town"
Time Magazine

"Everyone’s Favorite Pork-centric Cooking Competition"
Zagat

"A Great Celebration, the Ultimate Pig Out"
Bon Appetit

"Chefs Bring Their A-Game for a Cause"
Eater

"Enough About Bacon! Let's Talk Whole Hog"
The Seattle Times

"Cochon555, a Touring Porcine Bacchanalia Slash Competition"
SF Weekly

"A Super Bowl of Swine, Bite After Bite of Swoon Worthy Swine"
Denver Westword

"The Pork Flowed Like Wine at Cochon555"
Eat Me Daily

Cochon555, the competitive celebration of heritage pork... [+] Eater

Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe is a tireless champion of heritage pigs... [+] Food Republic

Heritage-breed pigs in the competition yield melt-in-your mouth chops that you’ll crave for days... [+] The Village Voice

Meant to raise awareness about heritage-breed pigs and sustainable and socially responsible farming... [+] Miami New Times

Are designer pigs worth the money? Brady Lowe of Cochon 555 breaks down the difference... First We Feast [+]

Where can you find 3,500 pounds of Heritage breed pigs, locally sourced... The Daily Meal [+]

This culinary competition celebrates family farms, heritage breed pigs and today’s emerging chef community... NBC Bay Area [+]

Whole heritage-breed pigs in a head to tail showcase for a crowd of pork-loving gourmands… The Huffington Post

One of the country’s most delightfully decadent food fests... Chicago Tribune [+]

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