Chef Jason Barwikowski has pig on the brain and rightly so. Portland’s reigning COCHON 555 champion is preparing to defend his title at this year’s event, scheduled to take place Sunday, March 11th at The Original. COCHON is a traveling 10-city culinary competition and tasting tour featuring 50 celebrated chefs as they prepare ‘snout -to-tail’ menus. The event was created in 2009 by Taste Network’s Brady Lowe in an effort to educate consumers about heritage breed pigs. The 10 winners of each regional event are flown to Colorado for the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen for the final competition, Grand Cochon.

In addition to Barwikowski, the 2012 Portland event includes several other Plate & Pitchfork Chefs including Vitaly Paley (Paley’s Place), Ethan Powell & Chef Tobias Hogan (EaT/The Parish), and Cathy Whims (Nostrana/Oven and Shaker). More details on the Cochon event can be found here. A complete line up of the 2012 Plate & Pitchfork Chefs can be found here. Chef Jason was kind enough to invite us into his kitchen in order to share a few of his favorite tools from his knife kit.

Join Chef Jason Barwikowski (The Woodsman Tavern) as he teams up with a few of his favorite people including Chef Benjamin Bettinger and Cory Carmen (Carmen Ranch) for an unforgettable five day road and rafting adventure in Wallowa County September 6th-11th. Advance reservations required, space is limited. The cost of the trip is $1500. All inclusive.