D.C. chef to compete on The Chew

Jonathan Dearden won Washington, D.C.’s “Best Chef on the Block” with his Chesapeake crab cake. [photo courtesy of Radiator]

The executive chef at the 14th Street cocktail bar Radiator, Jonathan Dearden, was named Washington D.C.’s “Best Chef on the Block” and will advance to compete on ABC’s “The Chew” next month.

After being selected as one of three finalists in DC Refined’s contest to find the District’s “Best Chef on the Block,” Dearden competed in a live cook-off on Jan. 15 to make a dish that best represented Washington, D.C.

Raised in Sterling, Virginia, Radiator’s executive chef incorporated the familiar flavors of his hometown with a Chesapeake crab cake, accompanied by a half-smoke and potato-apple hash, and finished with an Old Bay remoulade.

A panel of judges selected the dish based on taste and presentation. His winning dish earned him a spot to compete in the national chef competition on ABC’s “The Chew” as the representative for D.C. He will compete against five other regional winners. The air date for the episode is yet to be announced.