Taking the Prince of Porc distinction was Pubbelly's Jose Mendin, whose take on cholesterol raising delights such as pig sushi nigiri, Neapolitan terrine and bacon bottom cookies was a mouthwatering affair. The other competitors: last year's reigning champ Aaron Brooks from Edge Steak & Bar, Dena Marino from MC Kitchen, Conor Hanlon from The Dutch, and Bradley Herron from Michael's Genuine Food had us drooling as well with their pulsating pork creations.
The eating continued throughout the evening with a special Tartare Bar featuring Creekstone Farms, headed by Timon Balloo from Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill and Bocce Bar, as well as with a table of tantalizing desserts prepared by St. Regis Bal Harbour's Anthony Bachour. There was no holding back possible and guests were part of a decadent ritual of drink, eat, repeat, where the endless pork was paired with Goose Island beer, Breckenridge Bourbon and fine wine. As in tradition, five mixologists also competed to win the title of Punch King and this year's prize went to Joshua Holiday from the Khong River House.
Chef Mendin will now represent Miami in the Grand Cochon at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen to be held on June 22, 2014. Wouldn't that be awesome if our very own could be named the King of Porc? Check out the pictures below and be sure to grab a bib while you're at it.
|Roaming around in a pork-filled haze|
|Doesn't it just bring a smile to your face?|
|Chef Conor Hanlon from The Dutch had a few tricks|
up his sleeve
|I'll take the tray please|
|Now imagine a night of this|
|Grabbing prosciutto slices became a vice|
|Chef Jose Mendin from Pubbelly talking about his creations|
|The Tartare Bar brought some more pig fun to the mix|
|Now can you tell me where this flag is from?|
|Cheese..or rather Pig..says Chef Dena Marino from MC Kitchen|
|Marino's treats had me grunting in satisfaction|
|Loving the Bourbon Punch|
|The Tartare Bar is in action|
|The cocktails were delicious and fun|
|There you have the special tartare from Chef Timon Balloo|
|No it's not a mirage|
|Up close and personal|
|Who says desserts can't have pig in them?|
|The Butcher Shop in the middle of the action|
|Can you tell these people have collectively consumed over|
1,000 pounds of pork in one night?
|The people cast their vote|
|Chef Aaron Brooks, last year's reigning champ, and his|
team wowed the crowd with their pork dishes
|The winning menu|
|The Punch King Champ|