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Tickets Now on Sale for Cochon 555, March 1 in Minneapolis

Everyone knows that pro chefs worship at the altar of the hog. They cure the belly, crackle the skin, barbecue the flesh, pickle the feet, and even do things to those cute little ears.

Cochon 555 is a big-deal national event out of New York with the somewhat do-goodery mission of educating consumers on the importance and quality of heritage breed pigs -- plus, you get to eat shit tons of pork prepared by top chefs.

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The event brings together five chefs, five pigs, and five wines in each city -- the genesis of "555" in the name -- for a nose-to-tail touring culinary competition.

In each city, five local chefs will be given a heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork enthusiasts. A panel of 20 expert judges and guests of the event will vote for the city's "Prince or Princess of Porc." [sic]

The winner from each city goes on to compete for top honors at the tour finale, Grand Cochon, in June. The winner of the tour finale receives bragging rights as the "King or Queen of Porc" and a four-day wine experience in Rioja, Spain's most prominent wine region.

Dayum.

That's a serious prize and you know our chefs are going to be rolling up their sleeves to duke it out for that.

They've already confirmed Gavin Kaysen to compete in the event, and say they will announce other participants in the coming weeks.

Tickets range from $130.95 to $300 and can be purchased on the Cochon website.

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