Chef Drama

Cochon 555 Founder Brawls with Local Pig Advocate in Portland

Event Founder Brady Lowe hospitalized for leg fracture, according to Willamette Weekly.

By Jessica Voelker May 18, 2010

Can’t we all just get along?

The Portland leg of the Cochon 555 tour, held on Sunday, May 16, appears to have ended rather violently. The Willamette Weekly’s Kelly Clarke is reporting that chef Eric Bechard (of Thistle in McMinnville) and Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe fought outside of a strip club in Old Town Portland.

Clarke says both men were arrested, and that Lowe ended up in the hospital with a leg fracture.

"Bechard, an attendee at the food event, was angry that Lowe had allowed a pig from Iowa (the winning pig, in fact) to be used as part of the Portland Cochon 555 competition" reports Clarke.

That wasn’t the only violent incident that night. "Earlier in the evening, Bechard head-butted Elk Cove Vineyards’ Craig Hedstrom before being dragged out of the Cochon 555 afterparty at Davis Street Tavern by none other than notorious chef and city-suing firefighter Tom Hurley."

Seattle’s own Cochon 555 event takes place this Sunday, May 23. Wear a helmet?

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