Vitaly Paley, chef-owner of Paley's Place, took first prize in Cochon 555, a national culinary competition that took place in Portland, Ore., on March 1, National Pig Day.

Five Portland chefs each prepared a 70-pound heritage breed pig from head to toe to benefit Raphael House, a Portland-based organization offering domestic violence intervention for women and children made homeless by domestic violence. A group of 200 guests and professional judges determined the winner based on creative and classic preparation and best overall flavor.
Paley's winning recipe for head-to-toe hog was: Testarosa (rolled head sous-vide); Five-Day Cedar Smoked Prosciutto; Consommé Royale (bacon and truffle custard, Oregon truffles, cured ham and chervil); Crispy Black Pudding and Bacon Hollandaise, Pig in a Sausage blanket (pork loin wrapped in bacon, sausage and caul fat) served with hock and trotter stew, elderflower brazing jus, apples and red onions; and topped with a salad of crispy cider syrup-glazed pork skins, apples and rocket.

Cochon 555 is a national chef competition promoting heritage pigs and breed diversity.