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The 8th annual Cochon 555 cooking tour kicks off in New York City on January 24. (Photo courtesy of Cochon 555.)

This just in from the gang at Cochon 555, the annual touring nose-to-tail heritage pig–cooking competition: The 2016 tour will begin on January 24 at Chelsea Piers, Pier 60, in New York City. Competing chefs will include Mike Poiarkoff of Vinegar Hill HouseDanny Mena of Hecho en Dumbo, Angie Mar of the Beatrice Inn, Hillary Sterling of Vic’s and Justin Smillie of Upland. Per custom, the winner will be crowned Princess or Prince of Porc and will go on to compete against nine other regional winners at the Grand Cochon finale in Aspen, Colorado, on June 18. Tickets for the New York event are $130.95 each. Get yours here. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Piggy Bank, a nonprofit project that assists farmers who raise heritage pigs.

The full schedule for 2016:

COCHON555 – NEW YORKSUNDAY, JANUARY 24
COCHON555 – MIAMISUNDAY, JANUARY 31
COCHON555 – MINNEAPOLISSUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21
COCHON555  HOUSTONSUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28
COCHON555 – DENVERSUNDAY, MARCH 6
COCHON555 – LOS ANGELESSUNDAY, MARCH 13
COCHON555 – SAN FRANCISCOSUNDAY, APRIL 3
COCHON555 – SEATTLESUNDAY, APRIL 10
COCHON555 – WASHINGTON, D.C.SUNDAY, APRIL 17
COCHON555 – CHICAGOSUNDAY, APRIL 24

GRAND COCHON – ASPENSATURDAY, JUNE 18

HERITAGE FIRE – SNOWMASS, COTHURSDAY, JUNE 16
HERITAGE FIRE – NAPA – SUNDAY, AUGUST 21

HERITAGE BBQ – CHICAGOSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
HERITAGE BBQ – TORONTOFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
HERITAGE BBQ – WASHINGTON, D.C. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
HERITAGE BBQ – AUSTINSUNDAY, OCTOBER 9
HERITAGE BBQ – SAN FRANCISCOSUNDAY, OCTOBER 16