Chef Ryan Farr from 4505 Meats in San Francisco doing the pig butchery demonstration with a Tamworth/Berkshire/Large Black pig from North Plain Farm in Great Barrington, Massachusetts
On Sunday March 28th the second annual Boston event for Cochon 555 was held at The Liberty Hotel. Last year’s champion from Providence, Rhode Island, Chef Matt Jennings of Farmstead, successfully defended his title. Chef Jennings won in a very tight competition against Chef Tony Maws from Craigie on Main, Chef Joseph Margate from Clink., Chef Jamie Bissonnette from Toro and Coppa and Chef Barry Maiden from Hungry Mother. Needless to say, there was a lot of phenomenal food served, almost all—with a few exceptions at the pre & post-events—containing some part of a heritage breed pig.
Each of the five chefs had a different heritage breed pig from different local farms. There were two Tamworths from Codman Community Farms in Lincoln, Massachusetts, a Yorkshire from Adams Farm in Athol, Massachusetts, a Gloucestershire Old Spots/Tamworth from North Hollow Farm in Rochester, Vermont and a Duroc/Yorkshire from Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro, Vermont. There were also five winemakers represented as well from Anderson’s Conn Valley, Anne Amie Vineyards, Elk Cove Vineyards, Wind Gap Wines and Westport Rivers Winery.
The evening also featured Smuttynose Brewing Co., Island Creek Oysters and many other food & beverage professionals that are highlighted in some of my photos below. Everyone I spoke to had a wonderful time and I actually had a very happy pork-hangover the next day. Thank you to Brady Lowe, Carolina Uribe and their staff, and congratulations again to Chef Matt Jennings and his team. Good luck at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Matt. Bring the national award home to Providence.
The Hungry Mother team assembling sandwiches. Note the fantastic low-tech pig chart with all the cuts labeled with what went into what menu item.
Chef Jamie Bissonnette slicing some porchetta
Chef Tony Maws with his Confit and Roasted Tete de Cochon
Daniel Hyatt from The Alembic Bar in San Francisco
Chef Margate's beautiful table display, works of art
Cheeses from Formaggio Kitchen and South End Formaggio
Chef Jamie Bissonette's simply gorgeous meat slicer (it was a gift from a customer!)
Hungry Mother in action. The pate with a white wine aspic in front was one of my favorite items of the evening.
Chef Ryan Farr's butchery tools
The judges table
Chef Joseph Margate's steamed pork buns
Slices of marinated pork tenderloin being prepared for the dehydrator to be turned into Chef Margate's delicious pork jerky (another highlight item)
Margate's jerky alongside his excellent pork skin salad
Farms For City Kids Tarentaise Vermont Cow's Milk Cheese
Chef Margate's caramel popcorn made with Mangalitsa fat and tossed with Vosges chocolate with bacon
Atrium of The Liberty Hotel
Every wine glass came with a complimentary little, pink plastic pig
The five competing chefs with Brady Lowe, from left to right: Chef Tony Maws from Craigie on Main, Chef Matt Jennings from Farmstead, Chef Joseph Margate from Clink., Chef Jamie Bissonnette from Toro and Coppa, Chef Barry Maiden from Hungry Mother
Boston Prince of Porc, winner Chef Matt Jennings from Farmstead with Brady Lowe
Chef Jennings with his team
At the after party Chef Jason Bond from Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro was carving lamb with the aid of this beautiful inlaid bone handle