Grand Cafe's Jon Radle wins Local Chef Challenge

Jon Radle (right) with Grand Cafe owners Dan and Mary Hunter.

After whupping Vincent Francoual of Vincent, Sameh Wadi of Saffron, and Erik Anderson of Porter & Frye, Grand Cafe chef Jon Radle emerged victorious at this weekend's Local Chef Challenge at the Food & Wine Experience.

I was impressed that the F&W show ponied up a substantial prize--$2,500 in cash and a $1,000 gift certificate to Kitchen Window--making it perhaps the most serious local cooking competition in town. I'm attributing Jon's win, of course, to his cool-under-pressure cooking skills, but his intimidating photo in the publicity materials couldn't have hurt either--tell me this isn't a booking shot for a guy who just clubbed somebody over the head with a frying plan! In all seriousness, though, congratulations Jon.

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