Chicago's Prince of Pork Crowned at COCHON555

The winning entree at the Chicago division of 2018 COCHON555.
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Corey Morris of Boleo Restaurant was crowned the “Prince of Pork” at COCHON555’s recent Chicago regional competition held at the Hilton Chicago. More than 1,500 lbs. of heritage breed pork was enjoyed by more than 600 guests, according to a news release from the organizing body.

“Chef Cory and his team presented a magnificent menu utilizing one whole Wild Boar pig raised by Faith Farm,” the release said. “Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe bestowed the winning chef with the regional title in addition to an amazing 4-day wine and gastronomy experience in Rioja, Spain's most prominent wine region.”

In addition, the winner will represent Chicago at Grand Cochon, the national finale on September 30, which also will be held in Chicago.

“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,” COCHON555 said.

Chef Cory presented five dishes to guests and celebrity judges, featuring a Wild Boar pig. This “breed” was described in the news release as “a small range foraging breed, known for its high percentage of healthy monounsaturated fat, wonderful 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.

Cake at Cochon555

“The national competition gets more intense and dynamic every year, and the performance of chefs, somms, and barkeeps in Chicago shows precisely why the city is synonymous with landscaping a responsible culinary excellence in this country,” said Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe. “Chef Cory’s winning dishes were bold, modern, thoughtful, and full of the kind of flavors that enhance what heritage breed pigs have to offer. We can’t wait to return to Chicago, especially at such a stunning venue.”

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), the organization said. To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.