After an afternoon feasting on over 1,500 pounds of heritage breed pork raised on family farms, almost 600 guests, including chefs, somms, barkeeps, and notable judges, gathered at the Hilton Chicago to toast the Chicago Prince of Pork, Cory Morris of Boleo at the Kimpton Gray Hotel. Chef Cory and his team presented a menu utilizing one whole Wild Boar pig raised by Faith Farm. Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe bestowed the winning chef with the regional title in addition to a 4-day wine and gastronomy experience in Rioja, Spain's most prominent wine region. Chef Cory will represent Chicago at Grand Cochon, the national finale on September 30in Chicago. The event also raised $5,300 for Piggy Bank, a start-up farm in Missouri that serves as a kickstarter for new family farms and a safety net for those in the wake of a disaster (flood, fire and disease).
To win the culinary competition, more than 30 dishes featuring heritage breed pig were presented by this year’s competing chefs, including Host Chef Mario Garcia from Kitty O’Sheas, Ryan Burns from The Blanchard, Andres Padilla from Topolobampo and Carlos Gaytan from Mexique. To win the trophy, Chef Cory presented a flavored and balanced menu of five dishes to guests and celebrity judges featuring a Wild Boar pig; a small range foraging breed, known for its high percentage of healthy monounsaturated fat, flavor and marbling which has increased their popularity within the chef community. The winning menu included: Escabeche featuring Confit Boar, Red Pepper, Smoked Egg Yolk and Crispy Plantain; Albondingas with Offal Meatballs, Sofrito, White Asparagus and Migas; Tacu-Tacu with Seared Bean, Rice and Boar Cake, Herbs and Rocoto Jus; Feijoada featuring Stewed Boar, Blackbean, Farofa, Ramps and “Boar”Cilla and to end on a sweet note, Tocinillo de Cielo with Saffron Egg Custard, PX Sherry, Shortbread and Pineapple Glazed Lardons.