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Food Festival West Loop

On the evening of September 30th, eleven winning chefs from cities across the U.S. and Canada will compete in the ultimate culinary showdown for the North American crown of “King or Queen of Porc” and the Grand Prize 4-day wine experience in Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region. The date will also mark the 10th anniversary of Cochon555’s first chef competition in Atlanta. City Winery in the West Loop will play host to Cochon555’s international chef competition, Grand Cochon, where the “Royal Court of Heritage Pork” will celebrate whole hog cookery for a cause,
serving more than 2,500 pounds of heritage pork raised by American family farms representing an array of cultures, cities and cooking styles. The winner is determined by 30 celebrity chefs and 600 pork-loving epicureans selecting the “Best Bite” of the day.

Chicago’s own Chef Cory Morris of Boleo at the Kimpton Gray Hotel will compete against 10 other chefs coming to town for this whole hog showdown. Competing chefs include Ginger Pierce and Preston Madson of Jams by Jonathan Waxman in New York City, David Uygur of Lucia in Dallas, Ayesha Curry and Jeremy McMillan of International Smoke in San Francisco, Brian Redzikowski of Kettner Exchange in San Diego, Karyn Thomlinson of Corner Table in Minneapolis, Mitch Mayers of Sawyer in Seattle, Jw Foster of The Vermillion Room at The Fairmont Banff Springs in Canada, Gabriel Erales of Dai Due Taqueria in Austin, Jose Mendin of Pubbelly and Habitat in Miami and Kyle Foster of Julep in Denver.

Tickets start at $150 for general admission and $225 for VIP (includes early entry) and are sold online at

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All photo credits: GRAND COCHON


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