Jonathon Sawyer

The Greenhouse Tavern
Cleveland, OH

Best Accomplishment: Being a proud father of two and winning Food & Wine’s Best New Chef 2010
Proudest Moment: Winning two contests at the Food & Wine Best New Chefs and Sommelier Festival; Best Dish and Best Bordeaux Style Blend
Cooking Philosophy: Proximity of farm and soil directly correlates to the quality of a restaurant’s food

Best Farmers Market: Countryside Farmers’ Market
Best Kitchen Tool: Spoon, must be arched so you can baste and hold a measurement of liquid that you know. Mine holds three tablespoons.
Best Home Cooked Meal: Roasted chicken with bread heels
Best Dinner Party Menu: Shuck your own oyster party
Best Party Appetizer: Devils on Horseback – with dee/jay’s bacon wrapped dates, almonds, bitter chocolate & roasted fresno pepper (as described on the menu)
Best Cheese: Époisses de Bourgogne, a cow’s milk washed-rind cheese from Burgundy

Best Restaurant, Period: Chez L’Ami Jean, Paris, France
Best Breakfast/Brunch: Big Al’s Diner, Cleveland, OH
Best Pizza: Motorino, New York City
Best Cheap Eat: Superior Pho, Cleveland, OH
Best Ethnic: Big Al’s Diner, Cleveland, OH (Order the Polish Boy)
Best Sushi: Masa Sushi, New York City

Best Wine Under $15: Domaine de la Solitude, Côtes du Rhône
Best Beer: Buckeye Brewing Company, Imperial IPA
Best Coffee/Tea: Blue Bottle Coffee, Brooklyn, NY

Best Song: Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
Best Movie: Spanglish

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