At last night’s fourth annual S.F. edition of Cochon 555, Flour + Water/Central Kitchen chef Thomas McNaughton, with the aid of Salumeria chef Matt Sigler, took home the prize of Prince of Porc. Though chefs Traci Des Jardins, Anthony Strong, Jason Fox, and Nicolas Borzee all presented strong selections of pork creations to the judges and noshing public, McNaughton and Sigler’s dishes, like a crispy trotter with first of the season cherries, and a dessert “s’more” with a pork belly marshmallow and lardo caramel, won everyone over. “The timing could have been better,” said an exhausted McNaughton, who just opened a restaurant (Central Kitchen) nine days ago and also had to prep for this event. “But even though I said I’d never do this again, I did because I wanted to win.” (McNaughton previously competed at Cochon two years ago). He now goes on to compete at the Grand Cochon event at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen next month. We’ll bring you some photos of the food, and the event, as soon as our photographer recovers from his pork hangover. Update: The photos are in.
McNaughton and Sigler, triumphant