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2016 Miami Cochon555

2016 Miami Cochon555Sunday, April 3, 5pm – Ritz-Carlton South Beach, 1 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach

Chef Diego Oka of La Mar by Gastón Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami was crowned as the “Prince of Porc” at Cochon555 Miami, held at Ritz-Carlton South Beach, official host and hotel. Chef Diego will go on to compete for the national title of “King or Queen of Porc” at Grand Cochon, the tour finale, held at the Viceroy in Snowmass / Aspen on June 18th.

The evening was a friendly competition of five chefs with five heritage breed pigs, benefiting Piggy Bank, a genetic sanctuary that will provide free heritage breed pigs and business plans to emerging family farms. This year’s competing chefs include Anthony LePape of Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon, Alex Chang of Vagabond, Michael Fiorello of Beachcraft and Diego Oka of La Mar. The food was hyper-local and eating for a cause has never tasted so good.

Culinary program included a welcome bite prepared by Chef Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar, the TarTare Bar with Creekstone Farms featuring Richard Hales of Blackbrick, the “Luxe Butter Bar” featuring the wines of Antica Napa Valley and La Brea Bakery, the Artisan Cheese Bar featuring Cypress special bites from Creminelli Fine Meats, California Olive Ranch, Florida Fresh Meat Company, the new Seafood Shelf with Mignonette featuring Rappahannock River Oysters, and a butchering demonstration with Andres Barrientos of Miami Smokers.

Everyone casting a vote for the best bite of the evening received a ticket to “Taste the New” Ramen Bar prepared by Jose Mendin of Pubbelly paired with the stunning Wines of Germany and featuring Sun Noodle, followed by the Pop-Up Pie Shop with The Good Pie Company right before the awards ceremony. All guests had the opportunity to bid on delicious heritage breed pork from the Pop-Up Butcher Shop, hosted by celebrated emcee Billy Harris of Hanging with Harris. Evening also featured sounds by world-renown DJ Lord of Public Enemy in a Tribute Performance called “Cuba Is Back”.

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