COCHON 555 BUTCHERING COMPETITION powered by Zagat This year, COCHON 555 is host a national butcher competition throughout the 10 US Tour events. The goal, to provide a ZERO EXCUSE to a ZERO WASTE movement. How does this tie into COCHON 555, an event all about whole animal utilization? First, we will deliver ten [10] photo […]

And the Winner is…..

Winners of the 2011 Cochon555 Cutting Competition New YorkAdam Tiberio — Tiberio Meats, Queensvs.Jose Manuel Alarcon — Dickson’s Farmstand, ManhattenWinnerJose Manuel Alarcon BostonTom Daly — Savenor’s Market, Bostonvs.Rick Lemay — Lemay’s Slaughterhouse, Goeffstown New HampshireWinnerRick Lemay SeattleJoshua Graves — Olympic Provisions, Portland, Oregonvs.Brandon Sheard — Farmstand Meat, Vashon Island, WashingtonWinnerJoshua Graves NapaDavid Budworth — Dave […]

NOLA Cochon555 Cutting Competition

NOLA Cochon555 Cutting Competition Glenn Mistich vs Bryan ButlerSaturday, May 28. The Foundry, New Orleans Bryan Butler Salt & Time Salumi, Niederwald, Texas Bryan is a child of rural America; born and raised in Waco Texas by a paperhanger and a seamstress. He has always had a passion for food. Growing up he spent much […]

San Francisco Cochon555 June 5.

San Francisco, June 5. The Ferry Plaza Building Christopher Arentz vs. Tracey Smaciarz Christopher Arentz, Avedano’s San Francisco Christopher Arentz spent 5 years in Tuscany, Italy cooking in restaurants, which finally led him to Dario Cecchini’s restaurant in Panzano. He trained with Dario breaking pigs and beef and learning the “old world” tradition of butchering. […]

Denver Cochon555 Butcher Competition

Two Seasoned Butchers Face Off in the Mile High City April 3rd, The Ritz-Carlton Denver Jimmy Cross vs. Chris Fuller Newman Farm Bershire Pig Chris Fuller Sunnyside Meats, Durango Chris Fuller was born and raised in Stamford, CT. During the summers of his high school years he catered top end events in Fairfield County. These […]

Chicago Cochon Cutting Competition

Chicago, March 20th, Two life long butchers from meat cutting families compete at the Cochon555 pig cutting competition. Both butchers grew up in the trade and learned their craft from their family. We are extremely honored to bring them to Chicago for all to witness their skills.Sam Clark vs. Ricardo Berkbilger. Sam Clark‘Sam the Butcher’Sam […]

Washington D.C.: Supermarket vs. Butchershop

March 12th, at the Newseum, Knights Confernce Center.Jason Belleau – Wholefoods, Washington D.C.vs.Pamela Ginsberg – Wagshal’s Market, Washington D.C.Pamela GinsbergPopularly known as “Pam the butcher,” Pam Ginsberg is the manager of D.C.’s Wagshal’s Market, named the best butcher shop in the metropolitan area with the finest meats and seafood,” by Washingtonian Magazine. A third generation […]

Whole Hogs Into Food Deserts

Egleston Square, Boston. Whole Hampshire and Yorkshire pigs arriving bi-weekly into neighborhood Bodega/Butcher Shop. Egleston square is a working class, immigrant neighborhood often in the news for the wrong reasons. Local residents are bringing positive attention and local meat into their neighborhood. Whole pigs, local beef, eggs, dairy and soon, local produce. Check out the […]

NAPA Cochon555

Paul Guerra from Guerra’s Meats- www.guerrasmeats.comVS.Dave Budworth a.k.a Dave the Butcher Cutting a pure Bershire pig from Newman Farm. March 6th, C.I.A.-Greystone.
THE BATTLE IN SEATTLE…BRANDON SHEARD VS. JOSHUA GRAVESFEBRUARY 20TH – THE WESTIN SEATTLE Brandon Sheard, Vashon Island, WABrandon 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 […]
After the Cochon555 Cutting Competition in Boston, we raffled off the cuts of pork and raised nearly a thousand dollars for the Food Project of Boston. Iliana, who was one of our helpers at the cutting demo, won the pork kidneys. Naturally, upon returning home, she whipped up this masterpiece. Whole hog utilization at its […]

Retail vs Processor. Mass. vs. N.H., Age vs. Beauty…….

Retail vs Processor. Mass. vs. N.H., Age vs. Beauty……. Two of New England’s Finest Butchers square off at Boston Cochon 555 Boston’s Pig Cutting Competition will feature Rick Lemay of Lemay & Sons Beef vs. Tom Daly of Savenor’s Boston. They will be cutting a Hampshire Pig sourced from Adams Farm, in Athol, Mass. Contestants […]
Cochon 555 Cutting Competition Over the past few years Americans are returning to the age old concept of a local food supply.  But we have come to realized that the disconnect with our food was so large that we almost have to begin again from scratch.  We all want local meat, but the supply and […]
CALLING ALL BUTCHERS! Pig Cutting Competition at the 2011 COCHON 555.  10 Pigs, 20 Butchers.  Who’s the best? During the National tour of COCHON 555, Protien U will host a cutting competition for butchers.  We are seeking out two professional butchers from each region of the ten events (see cities below).  Butchers will receive a […]


Congratulations to the new King of Porc, David Varley of Washington D.C.’s Bourbon Steak! Ten amazing chefs from different U.S. Cities participated in Grand Cochon. The votes were tallied, crowning Varley, who won a shiny new Grillworks’ 42 Asador Grill to get his heritage breed pig on.As for the Taste Network team, we are completely humbled by […]
I just realized its snowing in Atlanta. Our good friend Craig from Elk Cove is on the way to town for a couple days. The tour is right around a corner and we are working late nights. A special new tour is about to hit the road and we can’t wait to share it with […]