Cochon 555 is a 10-city tour that is lardcore to the core. It’s a type of offal exhibition rarely seen outside of a Fergus Henderson birthday party. At each of the stops five local chefs compete with one goal in mind—to cook every last morsel of a particular breed of heritage hog like Red Wattle, Hampshire and Berkshire. On Sunday, the tour hit downtown diner The Original in Portland, Oregon where five local chefs showcased their nose-to-tail chops.
Percolating chefs included Vitaly Paley (Paley’s Place), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Adam Sappington (The Country Cat), Jason Barwikowski (The Woodsman Tavern) and Rita Jia You (Lucky Strike). Taking the coveted Princess of Porc titles was local favorite Naomi Pomeroy. She will compete along with the nine other regional winners at the Grand Cochon on June 17 in Aspen, Colorado.