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NOTES FROM THE TOUR

NOTES FROM THE TOUR

 
 

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 the support of the chefs, farms, fans and wine enthusiasts that have attended Cochon 555 events across the country. Our mission was to expose consumers to heritage breed pork in an experiential new way….10,000 responded to the pig signal/call and here are just some of the highlights from the past two years:* Served some 140 Whole heritage breed pigs (over 18,000 lbs) thanks to some of the country’s finest Chefs* Family owned wineries from California, Oregon, Washington and even Canada participated, pouring wines that make us giddy* Over 200 Judges in 2010 alone including Chris Cosentino, Jaques Pépin, Laura Werlin, Bruce Aidells and many more who positively influence our food community* Providing chefs 50 new breed introductions in top-kitchens nationwide* Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats butchering demos at each event, educating the audience one cut at a time* Xocolatl de David Chicharron Chocolate Bars and the Golden Ticket Contest* Working with the very best Culinary School students including Johnson & Wales to the Culinary Institute of America* Our hero: Alan Benton’s bacon and the infamous heritage breed luau pig presented during the events* Launched the Heritage Breed Pig Field Guide, distributing almost 10,000 guides to consumers* A media campaign that helped spread our reach through countless writers, photographers, twitter, bloggers, FoodBuzz, FaceBook, Edible and many other outlets* Book signings by Nicolette Hahn Niman, Steve Sando and Marcia Gagliardi.* Mark and Rita Newman as honored guests at several events, very cool.* Post-event celebrations celebrating whole lamb and hosted by the American Lamb Board (we love whole animal utilization)* Grand Cochon presented by Food + Wine Classic in Aspen and the ten amazing Chefs making for some very special moments…we are still pinching ourselves.What’s Next? In the coming months you can expect to see a new merchandise website (Mr. And Ms. Delicious t-shirts anyone?), a new Taste Network project we’re keeping a under-wraps for now, Protein University, Primal events in the fall and the 2011 Cochon 555 Tour. Stay tuned…

 
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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