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All My Food Porn From COCHON 555 {GRAND COCHON} in Aspen

This weekend, Eater Denver sent me to the 2014 Grand Cochon in Aspen to eat 1200 lbs of pork (thanks, Eater!). They had me guest-write an article with insider details from the competition, and take a few photos. But I took SO many photos – like so many more than they could possibly ever share, so I’ve decided to give my Goutasters the bonus shots.

Without further ado, dear readers, I present to you all the extra food porn photos I took at Grand Cochon this weekend:

Chilaquiles-bites
This is the dish that won the crown for FIG‘s chef Ray Garcia, in my humble opinion. Rich, red, deep – a chilaquiles dish that pulled from the belly, head, blood, and organs of Garcia’s Cook Pigs Ranch Berkshire pig.

Jenn-Posole
Chef Jennifer Jasinski‘s now famous posole, full of heart and soul (and just the right amount of heat).

Tacos-el-ray
Saltines
Fancy saltines for chef Ray Garcia’s pork “coctel.”

Pork-Sushi
Pubbelly‘s chef Jose Mendin made pork sushi in a dish that married Japanese and Latin flavors.

Country-Pate
Travelle‘s chef Tim Graham served these sandwiches with a pork curry rillette “candle” that melted its top layer of fat as it burned.

Posole-Blood-Sausage
Chef Douglas Rodriguez’s own take on posole, featuring a blood sausage slice.

Ramen
A look at Chef Richie Nakano’s ramen through the packed crowds. The ramen alone made this booth worth 2 return visits at Grand Cochon and secured Hapa Ramen as a top destination on my go-to list. A deceptively simple seeming cup of noodle soup, I loved how he incorporated the pork in this dish – it enriched the broth and drew attention to the quality of the pork Nakano was working with.

quail-egg-sausage
Chef Seamus Mullen made some amazing blood sausage bites with a quail egg on top. If that doesn’t get your foodie ears perking, I don’t know what will.

Macaron-Cookies
As if 1200 lbs of pork wasn’t enough… there were macaron ice cream sandwiches.

Pig-head
My favorite shot from the live butcher demo.

For another look at Grand Cochon, check out the Opening a Bottle recap.

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