Chef Jonathon Sawyer is proud Clevelander and a graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. He began his culinary career at The Biltmore Hotel in Miami before working in New York City alongside Charlie Palmer at Kitchen 22. Chef Sawyer worked as Chef de Cuisine for his friend and colleague Michael Symon, and then became Symon's Executive Chef at Parea, receiving a two star review from The New York Times. In 2007, Jonathon returned to his hometown to pursue his dream of opening his own restaurant. Before his dream was realized, chef Sawyer partnered with a local entrepreneur to open Bar Cento, a modern Roman enoteca in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. During his tenure as Chef/Partner, Bar Cento received many accolades, including Northern Ohio Live's Best New Restaurant, and earned Jonathon the Rising Star Chef award from both Restaurant Hospitality and GAYOT. Since those days Jonathon has opened two restaurants in Cleveland, his flagship The Greenhouse Tavern, a French and seasonally inspired gastropub and Noodlecat, a mash-up noodlehouse focusing on local ingredients, sustainability, and bringing ramen to downtown Cleveland and the historic West Side Market. Both restaurants are certified by the Green Restaurant Association, and The Greenhouse Tavern has earned many accolades including Best New Restaurants in the United States by Bon Appetit Magazine. Jonathon Sawyer was also honored as a recipient of Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chef award in 2010 and as a James Beard Finalist for Best Chef Great Lakes. Chef Jonathon Sawyer has also made several national television appearances including Iron Chef America, Dinner Impossible, Unique Eats, and Best Thing I Ever Ate. Chef Jonathon Sawyer started the Tavern Vinegar Company in 2011. He can often be found in the cellar of his century home where he ferments over 300 gallons of single origin and blended wine, beer and malt vinegars for the restaurants and for retail sale. Tavern Vinegar Co. is available online and in specialty shops around the country including Publican Quality Meats in Chicago, Standard Market in Chicago, and Revival Market in Houston. In 2013 Chef Sawyer opened Sawyer's Street Frites in Cleveland Browns Stadium and Seesaw Pretzel Shoppe in Quicken Loans Arena. When Jonathon is not in the kitchen he is riding his bike or hanging out with his kids, wife, dogs, and chicken. Jonathon is a tireless supporter of the green movement, local agriculture, and sustainable businesses both in Northeast Ohio and around the country.
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