10 Chefs, 4 Butchers, 14 Pigs: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Plays Host to All-Star Cochon 555 Event July 24

May 4, 2011 by  

On July 24, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Cochon 555, a national culinary competition promoting heritage breed pigs, will launch All-Star Cochon, a new pork-filled Las Vegas event. The event will feature winners from previous years including ten leading chefs and three star butchers who will each cook with 14 different heritage breed pigs this summer.

“We are delighted to host the first Cochon 555 All-Star event and look forward to welcoming this talented line up of chefs to Las Vegas this summer,” says The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas CEO John Unwin. “Our food and beverage program is an integral part of The Cosmopolitan experience, so this partnership is ideal for us.”

The ten chefs – past winners and fan favorites – will work together to prepare a ‘snout-to-tail’ menu from heritage breed pigs sourced in their local markets and then flown to Las Vegas for this ultimate pork tasting.

Participating chefs and butchers include Joshua Applestone of Fleisher’s Meats (NY), Mary Dumont of Harvest (Boston), Duskie Estes & John Stewart of Zazu (Sonoma), Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats (SF), Devin Knell of French Laundry (Napa), Mark Ladner of Del Posto (NYC), Amelia Posada and Erika Nakamura of Lindy & Grundy (LA), Michael Sullivan of Blackberry Farm (Walland, TN), John Sundstrom of Lark (Seattle), the 2010 “King of Porc” David Varley of Michael Mina (San Francisco) and the 2011 Grand Cochon winner to be chosen at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. More chefs, butchers and special guests to be announced.

In addition to pig every way, guests will be treated to side by side butchery demonstrations, cured meats, reserve wine tasting, craft brews and specially paired artisan cocktails.

All-Star Cochon is the first new event added in the three-year-old competition series and the first time that Cochon will be in Las Vegas.

“Through this three-year-long friendly competition and tasting tour, we have been championing family farms raising heritage breed pigs and connecting them with passionate, supportive chefs,” says event founder and Taste Network principal Brady Lowe. “We are excited to extend the tour into Las Vegas, it’s the ultimate place to celebrate the flavor benefits of heritage breed pigs.”

Tickets for All-Star Cochon start at $150 per person for general admission and are available at or VIP tickets for $200 include a private tasting of reserve wines, artisan cheese, oysters and caviar. To see upcoming announcements about the final chef line-ups, visit the website, the Facebook page, or look for updates at

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