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Cochon U.S. Tour at Mauna Kea (Sept. 21)


Cochon Island brings together five chefs and five pigs plus distillers, notable media and food champions to celebrate responsible farming and the spirit of Aloha.

Each chef team will be challenged to prepare a menu created from the entirety of heritage breed pigs for an audience of pork-loving epicureans.

Participating chefs include: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s Chef Peter Pahk; Bistro Molokini’s Chef Michael Young; Pili Hawaii’s Chef Mark Noguchi; Celebrity Chef Lee Anne Wong; and Town & Uptown Events’ Chef Ed Kenney.

Host Chef Pahk will curate some of the finest flavors the islands have to offer at this first-ever, pork-centric Island event. In addition to the pork feast, guests will also experience a TarTare Bar, sustainable seafood samples, the Perfect Manhattan Bar, Chupito (Mezcal) Bar, the famous Cheese Bar, beer by Anchor Brewing, pork-spiked desserts and more.

The inaugural island expression of Cochon is Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The event begins at 2 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 3 p.m. for general admission.

Tickets: $150 (general admission) and $200 (VIP); to purchase tickets, visit:

Created by Taste Network’s Brady Lowe in 2009 in response to the lack of consumer education around heritage breeds, Cochon is a national event series that takes place in 17 major markets.

In addition to its flagship event, Cochon 555, the Cochon brand now offers a variety of experiences each year. The expressions, with national followings, include Cochon Epic, Cochon All-Star, Cochon Heritage Fire, Cochon Island and Cochon Heritage BBQ.

Since its launch in 2009, Cochon 555 and its programs such as Chef’s Course have supported responsible family farming across the country resulting in 35,000 people tasting heritage pigs, more than $300,000 going to supporting charities and more than $500,000 going directly to great farmers across the country.

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was developed by famed financier Laurance S. Rockefeller who is reputed to have said, “every great beach deserves a hotel” and built the Mauna Kea overlooking the best beach in the state of Hawaii.

The Mauna Kea also features Robert Trent Jones, Sr.’s award-winning 18- hole golf course that recently completed updates and beautification by Rees Jones.

The Mauna Kea Resort sits on 1,800-acres of the famed Kohala Coast and is home to The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Both The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel also scored as two of the top four hotels on Hawaii, the Big Island in Travel + Leisure magazine’s T+L 500 World’s Best Hotels 2013.

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