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 the Napa Valley where five local chefs converged on the CIA in St. Helena, California to showcase their nose-to-tail chops.
The competing chefs included 2011 Cochon King & Queen of Porc Duskie Estes and John Stewart of Zazu Restaurant and Farm, crowned the winner at last year’s Grand Cochon in Aspen. And taking a crack at the camps: Lars Kronmark of the Culinary Institute of America, Chris L’Hommedieu of Michael Mina San Francisco, Mark Dommen of One Market Restaurant, and Michael Tuohy of Dean & Deluca.
And the winner was…Lars Kronmark, capturing the title on his home turf at the CIA. Here are some some snapshots of the action from ace photographer Huge Galdones.