Cochon 555 is a food loving, fun filled event involving friendly competition by local chefs and mixologists. The road show hit Washington, DC area on March 22nd. My mom traveled from Miami so she could go with one of her favorite people - me!
The road show hits various cities around the country. Besides the main event, they offer tasty dinners with more one-on-one with chefs and key taste makers. My mom and I attended Chef Kyle Bailey's dinner (post later). Being a nonprofit professional, I respect organizations that have a larger mission to benefit others or raise awareness of a key issue. Cochon 555 not only raises money for scholarships for James Beard Foundation, they also provide a platform for people to learn more about the importance of supporting local products.
After reviewing the recommendations, my mom and I still weren't completely prepared. We lost track of time and didn't sample as much or as many areas. Always remember at events like this, keep moving and remember not to dwell in one area too much.
Some chefs went all out in theme with outfits and signage. I really respect someone who goes all out. It made it even more fun for guests.
Each dish was incredibly flavorful and different. It made the event all the more fun that each dish brought something new to the table.
Chef Danny & Yesoon Lee of Mandu was crowned the Prince of Porc for DC! Mandu has done many exciting things recently with the anju and I can't even begin to imagine what's next.