Next year, pork-obsessed chef competition Cochon 555 will touch down in Dallas.
The national cooking competition’s “Signature Series” will head to Dallas in 2018, making it one of 14 cities (also including Austin, San Francisco, and Miami) where five chefs will each cook dishes made from a heritage-breed pig. That’s the mission of the organization — to bring awareness to heritage-breed and “Old World” livestock.
In addition to that awareness mission, Cochon 555 donates proceeds from each competition, where diners vote on the best dishes, to an organization called Piggy Bank. Described as a “start-up farm” in Missouri, the organization helps family farms in the aftermath of natural disasters.
The five participating chefs have not been announced just yet, but it looks as if FT33’s Matt McCallister will be among next year’s competitors. The chef announced that his team would be competing at Cochon 555 next year in a Tweet, complete with a dancing Carlton Banks GIF to express his excitement. Despite that mission, Cochon 555 hasn’t been without controversy — in 2016, the event was criticized after a group of participating chefs were photographed in racially-insensitive costumes.
Cochon 555 touches down in Dallas on February 11, 2018. Tickets are currently on sale, and range from $130 to $200. Stay tuned for more details on the event’s participating chefs and where it will be hosted.