Troy Guard of TAG receives 2016 Denver Prince of Porc accolade
Cochon555’s chef showdown opened and closed its doors this last Sunday, March 6. And out of the many gifted chefs that competed, Chef Troy Guard, head chef and owner of TAG, took home the bacon and was announced the official 2016 Denver Prince of Porc.
Guard claimed his prize thanks to a Meishan breed of pig that was raised by Jersey Girl Milk Shares. The Meishan breed originates from China and is well-known for its darker meat, succulent and sweet flavor and distinct aroma—all of which Guard used exceedingly well in his winning menu of five crafted pork bites.
Guard will now go on to represent Denver against the other nine city winners from the Cochon555 culinary competition tour at the Grand Cochon, which will be held in Snowmass on June 18. The winner of this final round will be named the 2016 King of Porc and win a four-day wine trip to Rioja, Spain, the countries most prominent wine region.
Guard’s winning dish list:
—Chicharron Canoli: pork rib, rillette, oak roasted eggplant and romesco.
—Pig Head Pastrami: Pork Fat Russian, white kimchi and caraway lavash.
—Smoked Pork Belly: roast pork congee, smoked soy sauce and crispy shallots.
—Crispy Shank & Offal Taco: crispy pig ear, Chile de arbol and nopal-black bean tortilla.
—Pork Shoulder Luau/Trotter Roulade: braised greens and kumquat mustarda.
—Meishan Red Velvet: pig liver cremeux, thyme apple butter gel and bacon rice crispies.