Mecca Bos Thomas Boemer (far left) toasts his competitors before he is announced the winner.
Like all of our favorite chefs, Thomas Boemer of Corner Table is quietly modest. Not all that comfortable talking about what he does, he'd rather be cooking.
So when we call to ask what effort went into his impressive menus that took the big, piggy prize at last Sunday's Cochon 555 culinary competition, it takes him a while to get to the mechanics of it.
Really, it was all in a day's work. Knowing the farmers who humanely raise animals that are prized for flavor and nutritional benefit, paying attention to how they are processed, and then breaking them down and turning them into hundreds of delicious preparations. It's just what they do, week in and week out.
But finally he admits: "It was absolutely insane."
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