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The local, um, leg of Cochon 555, aka “The Pork Olympics,” is coming up April 22. Today, organizers announced this year’s cheftestants who, as the Post reports, will compete to break down whole pigs into the best bite-sized dishes. Last year’s victor, The Source‘s Scott Drewno, will return to defend his title against, among others, Graffiato‘s Mike Isabella. Finally, something the two high-profile chefs can fight about besides the best late-night eats in Chinatown! Drewno and Isabella will also face-off against 701‘s Ed Witt, Bibiana‘s Nick Stefanelli and Art & Soul‘s Wes Morton.

Y&H contributor Sam Hiersteiner wrote extensively about last year’s contest on his blog.

What did Drewno do differently to set him apart from the pack? For one thing, according to Hiersteiner’s coverage, he did a better job of PR:

He was the only chef on the floor who was out in front of his table handing out plates and talking about them to each reveler.

Hiersteiner notes that crowd response is weighted heavier than the judges’ grading.

Can Drewno please the crowds this time around? Find out soonish. Get your tickets for this year’s contest here.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery