Cleveland Chef Makes it to the Finale

CQSP19_Jonathan-Sawyer-4_s4x3.jpg.rend.sni12colOne of our favorite Cleveland Chefs survived the “chopping block” on one of my favorite Food Network shows, Chopped.  Chef Jonathon Sawyer of The Greenhouse Tavern won $10,000 on Chopped Grill Masters, the five-part grilling and barbecuing tournament that took place in the Beringer Vineyards in Napa Valley. This also secures him a  spot in the finale, where he’ll have a shot at winning an additional $50,000 and will  face the next three Chopped Champions.

The show is famous for their unusual and exotic food baskets. During the 3 rounds, each chef receives a basket and is required to use every ingredient in the basket. Imagine cooking with the ingredients below!

Appetizer Round 
Ingredients: octopus, fruit pops, purple cauliflower, Italian sausage
Jonathon’s dish: Sweet and Savory Octopus with Mesquite-Grilled Cauliflower.

Entree Round
Ingredients: veal chops, pickled smoked okra, watermelon radishes, nachos
Jonathon’s dish: Oaxacan Block Party Veal Chop

Dessert Round 
Ingredients: honey gelato cones, petimezi, pineapple, Anaheim chiles
Jonathon’s dish: Hot and Spicy Pineapple with Cannoli Cream and Almond Crumble
(or as he called it “high-class cereal.”)

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine and Caribbean Travel & Life, Heather is chauffeur to 3 busy kids; the president of her Home and School Association; and VP of Marketing for TipsFromTown. And she's passionate about all 3!

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