Courtesy of Cochon555. Serving surprising combinations of creative cookery and incredible pairings make Cochon555 at the Biltmore Hotel the hot ticket for foodies this spring.
Cochon555 is excited to add more names to an already stellar lineup. Notable judges and celebrated somms will take part in the competition to find one chef who will be crowned for their whole pig cookery skills. The event, set to take place in Miami at The Biltmore Hotel, offers guests a unique way to sample food cultures near and far, putting the focus on a safer, more honest food system. National in scope, the culinary tour will go to nine cities in 2019. The event also benefits a greater – and absolutely delicious – cause in the form of Piggy Bank; a farm-in-the-making devoted to sharing free heritage breed genetics with small family farms. For an in-depth look at the Cochon555 movement, watch the spotlight video.
This year’s competing chefs include Jorgie Ramos of BARLEY, Karla Hoyos of The Bazaar by Jose Andrés, Fernando Desa of Goya, Daniel Bouza of PokéBao and Jimmy Lebron of 27 Restaurant & Bar. The chefs prepare boldly flavored dishes in this friendly competition using whole heritage breed pigs from family farms in a nose-to-tail, whole animal showcase. A crowd of a few hundred pork-loving gourmands and fourteen notable judges will score each chef on utilization, global influences, cooking techniques, overall flavor, and the “best bite of the day.” This year’s fourteen notable judges include a lineup of local luminaries such as Chef Brad Kilgore of Alter, Chef Aaron Brooks of Edge Steakhouse, Gio Gutierrez of ChatChow TV, Chef Jose Mendin of La Placita, as well as the headline all-star butcher, Andres Barrientos of Miami Smokers.
Additionally, running in tandem with tour are a pair of internal beverage competitions. Punch Kings presented by El Tesoro Tequila (video), features five of the city’s top barkeeps facing off in a whole-bottle punch bowl competition, challenging them to each make a large-format communal libation prepared with El Tesoro Tequila. Competing this year are Arleen Delima of Repour, William Mendez of Abi Maria Bar & Refuge, TJ Palmieri of Madrina’s, Richard Mejia of The Broken Shaker and Emiliano Gonzalez of Casa Florida. Cochon555 also challenges five celebrated sommeliers in the “Somm Smackdown presented by Wines of Bordeaux and Germany” (video) to use every bit of their accumulated knowledge and inspiration to find the best wine to pair with the dishes prepared by competing chefs. This year’s somms include Kirsta Grauberger of FallBall Group, Daniel Toral of 50 Eggs Hospitality Inc., Joseph Gewarges of Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Jen Schmitt of Zuma and Jacqueline Coleman of Biscayne Times/Miami Girl Magazine/Let’s Eat Magazine/Coravin/Wine Lifestyle.
Courtesy of Cochon555. May the best heritage-breed pork dish win. Local chefs bring their best game to the Biltmore Hotel to compete for reveling Cochon555 ticket holder votes. Tickets and hotel packages on sale now.
Official Host & Hotel: The Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
When: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time: 4PM for VIP entry, 5PM - 7:30PM for General Admission
Buy Tickets: VIP $200, GA $130 https://cochon555.com/us-tour/
Dishes for the competition are just the beginning -- all in, we’re talking about 1,500 pounds of responsibly raised heritage breed pork. Guests will enjoy innovative preparations and cocktails from some of the most critically-acclaimed kitchens and bars in Miami. Citi cardmembers will start the evening with an exclusive welcome bite from Chef Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar. Guests start the event by exploring our signature Cheese Bar curated byFlorida Dairy Farmers. Sip sparklers from LaCroix Sparkling Water, enjoy cold brews from Guinness paired with a special bite by Chef Demetrio Zavala of Shula’s Steak House, hard ciders from Angry Orchard, inventive cocktails fromWheatley Vodka with Perfect Puree of Napa Valley, Diplomático Rum and Santa Teresa Rum and enjoy the Manhattan Project featuring premium bourbons from Eagle Rare and Buffalo Trace topped with Luxardo cherries. Sample neat tastings from Whiskey Five featuring Bulleit Bourbon, Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Singleton, Buchanan and more. Enjoy our Starter Bar experience paired with a stunning selection of Rosés from Chateau D’Esclans and learn about pairings at the TarTare Bar featuring Chef Adonay Tafur of Lightkeepers aligned to the wines of Antica Napa Valley, plus taste through the stunning portfolios of Wines of Bordeaux, Wines of Germany, Wine Dialogues and Azzuro Wine Company. Guests will have a chance to learn about the most carefree corner of the Caribbean with CAYMAN ISLANDS DEPT OF TOURISM. Guests wanting a sweet bite with a savory twist will enjoy innovative desserts spotlighting notable Andrew Gonzalez of Night Owl Cookies working with Perfect Puree of Napa Valley. Placing the spotlight on “knowing where your food comes from", the event will feature an educational whole animal butchery program called the Pop-Up Butcher Shop and Silent Auction with gifts from chefs, sponsors and John Boos & Co., to benefit our sister charity, Piggy Bank.
Courtesy of Cochon555. Hundreds of food lovers meet this May in Miami to celebrate heritage breed pork, local culinary excellence and support the Piggy Bank charity as part of Cochon555.