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Atlanta Team Wins Inaugural Cochon Heritage BBQ Festival

Chef Jay Swift of 4th & Swift, Todd Mussman of Muss & Turners/Local Three, Nick Melvin, and Tommy Searcy of Gum Creek Farms brought home the winning title at the inaugural Cochon Heritage BBQ festival, a three-day celebration of Heritage Breed pork, fine dining, national bourbon month and some of the country’s best BBQ. The festival took place over Labor Day weekend in Memphis, Tenn.

The four team members are well acquainted through the Atlanta restaurant/food scene. Jay Swift and Todd Mussman worked together at South City Kitchen, where Mussman served as sous chef while Swift was executive chef there. Both Swift and Mussman buy pork from Tommy Searcy. Nick Melvin — who has worked at Rosebud and Empire State South and now plans to open his new restaurant The Garden District soon— was introduced to the rest of the group by his friend Todd Mussman.

The team met several times in advance of the event to write their menu and prep for the competition. Some of their winning dishes included the “Memphis State Fair Sandwich,” a Hawaiian-roll grilled pork loin slider with lard aioli and broccoli chow-chow, and the Pig Head Gumbo served with Cajun deep-fried rice balls.


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