Pigging out at Cochon 555

TMA'ed while listening to One Dance by Drake

A few weeks ago we told you about Cochon 555, the ultimate pork event that was taking place in Seattle. Last Sunday I attended it and boy was it a pork fest.

A little bit about Cochon, their main goal is to "serve as a link to preserving heritage breed pigs by promoting breed diversity in communities nationwide". How do they do this? They get 5 chefs in 10 different cities who are known for their whole animal utilization to compete for the crown. In each city, guests vote on their favorite chef based on the dishes they create to be crowned Prince or Princess of Porc who goes on to compete on the national stage in Aspen.

The chef's competing in Seattle were:

Josh Henderson from Vestal

Josh Henderson from Vestal

Paul Shewchuk from Fairmont Olympic

Paul Shewchuk from Fairmont Olympic

Bobby Palquist from the Walrus and the Carpenter

Bobby Palquist from the Walrus and the Carpenter

Brendan McGill from Hitchcock

Brendan McGill from Hitchcock

Tyler and Charles from Radiator Whiskey

Tyler and Charles from Radiator Whiskey

Going in I was mostly expecting dishes from the chefs, however, there was all sorts of food.  The entrance area was filled with stands that were serving cheese, butter and charcuterie. There were also a lot of wine and liquor vendors in attendance. I was so torn between eating as much as I could and taking as many pictures as I could.

After a few cheese rounds, I met up with my friend Ayuba and we proceeded to go to all the chefs tables. By the time I arrived ( 30 minutes late…sigh), Josh Henderson's table was completely cleared of food. It only took 30 minutes for a large pig worth of food to be devoured.

Aside from all the porkiness, there was a pop-up ramen stand from Same Same Noodle Bar and a Pie pop-up. Same Same noodle bar is opening later this summer, and from the ramen teaser I had at Cochon, I will definitely be visiting them when they open.  

After all the tasting was said and done, my favorite was definitely Tyler & Charles from Radiator Whiskey. However, I had a feeling Josh Henderson was going to win because he ran out in 30 minutes. I was right! He won! There was so much excitement it was hard not to capture it on camera. I wish I could go to Aspen for the championship, that would be the ultimate feast.

At least I have pictures.

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