Matt Vawter and Patrick Williams, heading to Grand Cochon in June
Five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers. Cochon 555, the heritage breed pig festival that
Denver Colorado this country has come to love just hit its halfway mark through the 10-city tour this year. The Denver judges named Matt Vawter from Mercantile Dining and Provision the ‘Prince of Porc,’ sending him and his team to Aspen in June to compete at Grand Cochon against the winning chefs from nine other cities. The chefs here in Denver included Kelly Whitaker of Basta, John Little of Harman’s Eat & Drink, Christopher Thompson of The Nickel and Rich Byers of the Corner Office.
10 chefs will be competing in a head-to-tail, winner-takes-all culinary showdown – crowning the winner King or Queen of Porc.
Patrick Williams of Punch Bowl Social is also packing his bags for Aspen after his win in the annual Punch Kings competition, where he will compete against the winners nationally as well. At Grand Cochon, the finale, the 10 chefs will be competing in a head-to-tail, winner-takes-all culinary showdown – crowning the winner King or Queen of Porc. The event includes more than 1200 pounds of heritage breed pork showcased by the best 30 dishes that won them their regional competition and passage to Aspen. The top toque will be chosen by the audience and a panel of 20 expert judges. It all goes down on June 20 and tickets are now available.