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For the second year in a row, Athleisure Mag is honored to have been the media sponsors of Cochon555 when it arrived in NYC earlier this month! This fun competition pairs 5 chefs x 5 heritage pig farmers x 5 wineries/cocktails to create a series of dishes for attendees to enjoy. In addition to NYC, there are a number of other cities to participate and when the chef is crowned, they represent their city in the ultimate showdown! We chatted with one of the participating chefs, Chef Fabian Gallardo of La Esquina. We wanted to know why he participated this year, the importance of Cochon555 and of course to get the scoop on his eateries. ATHLEISURE MAG: What are some of your favorite things about this competitive event? CHEF FABIAN GALLARDO: I like that it helps farmers promote their amazing product. AM: Do you regularly compete in food competitions? CFG: Yes, Dan's Montaco, Cochon555, LA Food and Wine - that's not a competition event, but it's a lot of fun. AM: For Cochon555, how did you decide what to prepare and what strategy goes into making these selections for New Pork City? CFG: I utilize as much as I could to use all of the pork. I like to bring the pork's natural flavors. AM: How important are competitive events such as Cochon555 and accompanying charities such as Piggy Bank for the culinary community and heritage breed pigs? CFG: It's really important because as chefs, we can be ambassadors and promoters of heritage breed pigs. Great quality translates on a great final product.

AM: Do you have any personal messages about sourcing foods and products responsibly? CFG: If you source the food from the farmer or breeder, they will help you out by giving you tips on what is becoming on season or what is on point at their farms. AM: What inspired you to become a chef? CFG: I like to learn about different cultures through their food. AM: We've seen La Esquina's numerous locations as we're always looking for great places to get a taco! Are there any off-menu secrets our readers would love to know about? CFG: We keep some specials at the brasserie, but the one that you should get off the menu is the Cochinita Pibil. AM: What was the inspiration behind creating La Esquina and should we keep our eye open for additional locations? CFG: The inspiration behind La Esquina was Urban Mexican Street Food. Whilst Mexico is very often associated with beautiful beaches, stunning views of paradise and tropical vibes, there is that other side of Mexico, the grungy rock and roll Mexico City. No sombreros or gabanes here! Just pure leather and electric guitar, but with a Mexican twist. La Esquina has opened up two new locations in just under a year and a half and theres no stopping us. Stay tuned! But I think that Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world. We have world class museums, the lake front is spectacular and we live across the street from one of the greatest beaches that you could ask for – 6 months a year and then food! We own a handful of restaurants there. AM: What is the difference between the

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