It's not that I dislike the taste or have any moral objection to eating fat; it's just that pork belly doesn't deserve to be its own trend. It's bacon, for crying out loud. It's what we put on everything to make everything taste better. Has bacon ever not been a food trend?
To become a finalist and compete in Napa, CA for the top prize, the culinary school chefs must first compete in one of 10 regional 'battle royale' style competitions and present their cuisine to an independent panel of executive chefs and food media.
As the plate was set in front of me I was stunned. Pork belly? Really? For Pete's sake I was at the Gramercy Tavern and this Colicchio guy is sending me out a piece of pork belly? Gee, thanks Tom. Got any sweet tea to go with it?