winner cochon

Executive Chef Aaron Brooks was crowned Prince of Porc at the Cochon 555 Regional competition held April 21 at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Chef Brooks competed against Timon Balloo (Sugarcane); Jeffrey McInnis (Yardbird); David Thomas (The Bazaar) and Cesar Zapata (The Federal). Twenty judges and 400 guests help decide the winning chef, who will compete against nine regional winners at the final Grand Cochon event at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen on Sunday, June 16.

Cochon 555 a traveling culinary competition and tasting tour created to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs, gathered together five chefs, five pigs and five wineries. At each event guests are treated to an epic pork feast alongside wines from five small family-owned wineries including Elk Cove Vineyards, Bethel Heights, Hamacher, Montinore, and Alloro plus special tastings from Vibrant Rioja, Anchor Brewing, Eminent Domaine, Crispin Ciders, and Illegal Mezcal.