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A CHEFS JOURNEY

Airing Saturdays, on select PBS stations, after Martha Stewart Cooking School

Steven Meese’s new American travel cooking show takes the viewers into the culinary world through a chef’s eye. Meese travels the country through America’s finest restaurants interviewing and cooking with the finest James Beard Chef’s and showcasing each city along the way. from the west coast to the south, through the Midwest and the northeast, the Chef’s Journey will satisfy even the elite of the foodies.

As a host on PBS, Meese conveys his passion for food, culture, and the arts. Many in the industry have discovered Meese is a very talented director. He proves this in his directorial debut at the renowned Joseph Decuis Farm where he shoots an inspiring documentary benefiting the
James Beard Foundation.


PBS host Steven Meese travels to Louisville, Ky to visit award winning chef, Anthony Lamas, pioneer of Nuevo Latino Cuisine, considered one of most talented chefs in the world.

Lamas has also garnered significant national attention for Seviche. He has cooked at the James Beard House five times, and he was honored as a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: Southeast award in 2010 and 2011. John Mariani of Esquire has said, “Seviche has emerged as one of America’s best and most innovative Nuevo Latino restaurants with plenty of the chef’s personality in every dish…If you have time for one meal in Louisville, make it Seviche.” In 2011, Lamas won the title of Extreme Chef on the hit Food Network show where he created a wedding menu with $99 worth of ingredients from a 99 cent store. Seviche was named one of “ten great places for Latin flavor and flair” by USA Today in 2009, and this accolade was followed by a feature on Latina.com that named Lamas as a “leader of the Latin food revolution” alongside chefs like Douglas Rodriguez and Jose Garces in 2010. Southern Living, Food Arts, Bon Appétit and Wine Spectator have also showcased Lamas’ talent.


PBS host Steven Meese travels to Cleveland, Oh to visit award winning chef, Jonathon Sawyer, as he takes us through his award winning restaurants Greenhouse Tavern a Parisian gastro pub and Noodle Cat a Japanese ramen style restaurant.

In 2010, he was honored as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs. Chef Sawyer has also made national television appearances including Iron Chef America, Dinner Impossible, Unique Eats, and Best Thing I Ever Ate. In 2013, Chef Sawyer was a finalist for the James Beard Awards, Best Chef: Great Lakes.

When Jonathon is not in the kitchen he is surrounded by his family, his wife Amelia, son Catcher, daughter Louisiana, dogs Potato and Vito, and chickens Acorn, Bunny, Ginger, Trout, Bear & Squid. He can often be found in the cellar of his century home where he ferments beer & wine vinegars for the restaurants and for Tavern Vinegar Co. Jonathon is a tireless supporter of the green movement, local agriculture, and sustainable businesses both in Northeast Ohio and around the country.