Food & Wine Magazine has confirmed what we've known since May of 2008. The publication just named The Greenhouse Tavern's Jonathon Sawyer one of the Top 10 Best New Chefs. The cat slipped out of the bag before today's 5 p.m. announcement, after Food & Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin started tweeting clues about who was on the list. "Midwestern eco-home" sounds familiar doesn't it?
When we wrote about Sawyer as one of our Tastemakers in our 2008 Best Restaurants issue, it was for the buzz he was generating at Ohio City's Bar Cento. He left that restaurant behind to open The Greenhouse Tavern last spring. People have been talking about the place ever since. Speaking of restaurants, our Best Restaurants issue is coming in May. Who knows, maybe Sawyer will make an appearance there as well. (Well, actually, we know if he makes an appearance, but you'll have to wait for the issue.)