Who will be crowned the prince (or princess) of pork? This year, chefs Nathan Anda (Red Apron), Erik Bruner-Yang (Toki Underground), Mike Friedman (The Red Hen), Dylan Fultineer (Rappahannock Restaurants) and Marjorie Meek-Bradley (Ripple) are the local competitors in the popular pork-based competition. Mike Isabella of Graffiato and Kapnos won last year.
Here's the drill: each chef will prepare six dishes created from one whole pig: both judges and attendees will vote on the favorites. The winner will go on to compete in the Grand Cochon at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June.
The event will be held at Union Market this year on March 23. This year, Adam Musselman of Red Apron Butcher will do a butchering demo and Jeffrey Buben of Vidalia and Scott Drewno of The Source will prepare an additional whole pig in a late-night "Asian Speakeasy" style. There will be plenty of alcohol and other highlights as well. Tickets ($125) general are available online.
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