Last night, Cochon555, a nationwide traveling swine tour that celebrates heritage breed pigs, returned to the Ritz-Carlton in Denver, pitting five chefs against one another in a quest to become the "Prince or Princess of Porc." Along with 1,200 pounds of pig, there were bourbon cocktails and punch, tons of Goose Island beer and bacon, a pop-up butcher shop and a tartare bar, and an endless parade of wine and cheese.
The winner was none other than Jennifer Jasinski, chef-owner of Rioja, Euclid Hall, Bistro Vendome and the forthcoming Stoic & Genuine, whose menu pimped everything from a pork-intensive posole to a salad that utilized just about every part of the pig, including the ears, liver, heart and kidneys.
Jasinski, a James Beard Award winner and contestant on Top Chef Masters, had some formidable competition, going snout to snout against sausage king Justin Brunson (Old Major and Masterpiece Deli); Paul Reilly (Beast + Bottle); Steve Redzikowski (Acorn and Oak at Fourteenth); and Bill Greenwood (Beano's Cabin).
Her triumphant victory earns her a spot in the Grand Cochon, which takes place in June during the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. And if she wins the whole kit and kaboodle, she'll be crowned the "Princess of Porc."
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