On March 26, nearly 500 attendees gathered to watch five chef teams duke it out at the ultimate pork feast inside The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Cochon555, a national tour promoting global food cultures and family farming, treated guests to over 1,500 pounds of heritage-breed pork and plenty of adult beverages throughout the 3-hour affair.
When it comes to pork, you can’t mention the meat without mentioning Smithfield, the world’s largest producer of pork products. Smithfield is renowned for offering some of the highest quality porcine deliciousness available.
So when we were invited to the 2015 Chef’s Table at Swine Southern Table & Bar, our decision was a no brainer. For one evening – and one evening only – the Coral Gables eatery was transformed into a pork palace. And that is not an exaggeration.
Nothing could have prepared us for the meat feast that was Sunday’s Cochon 555. In fact, we’re still recovering from the pig overload. The annual festival, which took place at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel this year, pit five local chefs against one another to create the tastiest pork dishes.
The winning chef would go on to Aspen, Colorado to represent South Florida at the main competition later this year: Grand Cochon. Fin & Feather’s Lindsay Autry took home the prize Sunday night and was crowned the 2015 Princess of Porc.