2015 Cochon 555 Competition in Los Angeles

Chef Walter Manzke of République is the winner.
Chef Walter Manzke of République is the winner of LA 2015 Cochon 555 competition. From left to right: Kris Morningstar of Terrine, Steven Fretz of The Church Key, Ricardo Zarate, Toni DiSalvo of CAST, Ray Garcia 2014 Grand Cochon winner, Brady Lowe founder of Cochon 555.

by Sophie Gayot

 

UPDATE, MARCH 29TH: And the winner is chef Walter Manzke of République. Congratulations! But I have to say that all the chefs put lots of time and efforts to create tasty dishes, and served them putting on a show. See all the photos below.

 

There are many cooking competitions, but Cochon 555 is a special one — so much passion! The participating chefs start getting crazy a month before, and the frenzy keeps building as the event gets closer. (The event has gained so much momentum that the winner now includes the title in his bio.) Brady Lowe started this traveling culinary competition and tasting event, which includes five chefs, five pigs and five winemakers, and throughout its seven years of existence more than 11 tons of heritage pork have been served around the country.

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Sale of Foie Gras is Legal Again in California

 

 

 

Foie gras
Marinated foie gras ready to go into the oven

 

by Sophie Gayot

 

This morning at 11:45 a.m., chef Ken Frank of La Toque was in a meeting when he received a phone call from Michael Tenenbaum.
Frank: “I am in a meeting, I cannot talk to you.
Tenenbaum: “Shut up, Ken. We won!

 

This was the second phone call Tenenbaum placed to announce the news: the sale of foie gras is now legal in California.
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Fourteenth GAYOT Dinner Series

the 6th Annual Indulge Los Angeles, Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show

by Sophie Gayot

I think that in the world of sweets, there are two categories of people: those who love chocolate and those who don’t. Very rarely, we run into the second category, and when it happens it’s good because it leaves more for us —- you will understand that I am part of the first group.

 

So, if you are not one of these rare specimens, and will be in the Los Angeles area on December 28th, 2014, there is only one place you’ll want to be: the 6th Annual Indulge Los Angeles, Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show.

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Top 5 BBQ Styles

Central Texas-style beef brisket from Horse Thief in Los Angeles
Central Texas-style beef brisket from Horse Thief in Los Angeles

 

Finger-Licking Barbecue from Around the World
by Nick Winfrey


Barbecue is more than just a method of cooking. It’s a social event, a source of regional pride, and, for many sticky-fingered aficionados around the world, a way of life. Continue reading “Top 5 BBQ Styles” »

Hello Fork & Cork, Goodbye Taste Addison

Fork & Cork
Addison Cooks Up a New Foodie Fest

by Whitney Filloon


When it comes to food-centric festivals, the city of Addison certainly has plenty to boast of: There’s Oktoberfest, WorldFest and the perennial favorite Taste Addison. Fans of the latter may be slightly disappointed to hear that the annual event won’t be returning in 2014, but Addison is cooking up something totally new that promises to be a big draw for the Metroplex’s serious foodies. Come May, Fork & Cork will replace Taste of Addison as the city’s largest annual food event.

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