Cochon 555: Aaron Brooks to Bring A-Game Sunday
With just a few days left until Miami's best event of the year, Aaron Brooks is busily chucking away in a secret kitchen at Edge Steak & Bar -- carefully formulating his master plan to win this year's Cochon.
All photos by Alex Rodriguez Meet Lucky.
Michelle Bernstein was queen at 2012's pork-centric affair, but Brooks thought he'd brought it all.
A bittersweet loss has given him the umph and drive to go even bigger this year.
And he's doing it with a 300 pound 1 year-old that we've named "Lucky."
Lucky is a heritage breed called a Large Black. Large Blacks have a darker, beefier meat than most other breeds. Brooks plans to use that to his advantage this year.
Weighing in at the size of a body builder, Lucky is large and in charge and ready for battle -- no, really. Brooks and sous chef Jose Gamez have already divided Lucky up into the necessary cuts for killer brines and expert roasting.
Note: They didn't really name the pig Lucky. We did. Brooks looked at us with an awful face when we suggested it, but we insisted.