Whole Hog Showdown

Five top chefs, five 70-pound pigs, and a wicked battle of pork skillz are all about to hit San Francisco this Sunday, June 14. Cochon555, previously staged in other U.S. cities such as Boston, New York, Seattle, and Chicago, pits five local culinary bigwigs against each other in a challenge to prepare an entire heritage pig, with judges choosing whose is the tastiest.

Those vying for the title “Prince of Pork” in SF are: Ryan Farr from 4505 Meats (maker of addictive chicharrones), Nate Appleman of A16 fame, Ravi Kapur from Boulevard Restaurant, Perbacco restaurant’s Staffan Terje, and Peter McNee of Poggio Trattoria in Sausalito, CA.

The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel, and CHOW is helping to judge. You can purchase tickets for $125 here. In addition to offering samples of the pork, five local wine makers will be pouring.

The winners of the New York City contest were the chefs from Fatty Crab, who, in the words of Cochon555 organizer Brady Lowe, made a “huge, black, burned-looking pig,” and proceeded to stuff a tallboy of PBR in its mouth. Not to be bested, word has it that at least one San Francisco chef is on the hunt for a tiny, pink kaffiyeh.

Here’s a video of the recent Boston event: