Jonathon Sawyer is one of the chefs competing in Food Network's "Iron Chef Gauntlet."

Chef Jonathon Sawyer is a 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. Sawyer worked as Chef de Cuisine for Michael Symon, and then became Symon's executive chef at Parea, receiving a two-star review from The New York Times.

In 2007, Sawyer moved back to his hometown to pursue his dream of opening his own restaurant. Before his dream was realized, he partnered with a local entrepreneur to open Bar Cento, a modern Roman enoteca in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. During his tenure as chef and partner, Bar Cento received many accolades, including Northern Ohio Live's "Best New Restaurant" and earned the "Rising Star Chef" award from both Restaurant Hospitality and GAYOT.

Sawyer has since opened several of his own restaurants in Cleveland, including his flagship The Greenhouse Tavern, a French and seasonally inspired gastropub; Noodlecat, a quick service ramen shop focusing on local ingredients and sustainability; and Trentina, a northern Italian inspired restaurant that was named a runner up in Esquire's "Best New Restaurants" in October 2014. He also operates Sawyer's Street Frites in the Cleveland Browns Stadium, and opened another stadium establishment called SeeSaw Pretzel Shoppe in Quicken Loans Arena.

Sawyer was honored as a recipient of Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chef" award in 2010. In 2013, he became a finalist for the James Beard Award's "Best Chef: Great Lakes," and won the prestigious award in 2015.


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Current Residence: Cleveland, OH

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