|Luchador Garcia takes the prize/Photo: Galdones for Cochon 555|
After making our way through the tables, we noticed raw pork as a theme, having been served by at least two chefs, as was blood sausage. In the end we pegged our favorites: Garcia's pork ceviche and "butt tamales," Tila's pork buns, Ford's piggy cookies, The Bazaar's sausage-filled squid and, in last place, a meatball slider from the House of Blues. The Fig crew also got extra points for their full-on luchadores costumes and overall table team spirit. Turns out we weren't alone - the judges selected Garcia for the top Cochon 555 LA title, which means he'll compete in the finals at Aspen Food & Wine next month, and joining him is Josh Goldman, who won the title of Punch King with his bourbon-spiked punch. We couldn't fit another bite in our pig-hole, but Short Order and LA Creamery served even more pork-filled food at the after-party in The Foundation Room. For more sights and bites from the night, check out the slide show below.