Taryll Jordan was the first person hired at the LongHorn Steakhouse in North Haven, CT. He started as a dishwasher and even helped to assemble the kitchen shelves.
Seven years later, he’s one of seven finalists in LongHorn Steakhouse’s Steak Master Series, a culinary competition in which Grill Masters go head to head for the coveted title of Steak Master and ultimate bragging rights.
The best part of his job, he said, is “cooking legendary steaks and hearing guests describe the food I cook as the best they’ve ever had.” His favorite LongHorn steak is the Fire-Grilled T-Bone.
After competing with nearly 5,000 culinary team members, Taryll advances to the final round at the Restaurant Support Center in Orlando, FL, this summer for a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize. He said the competition has been “absolutely thrilling.”
“Winning would mean everything to me,” he said. “I intend to have a long career of cooking at LongHorn Steakhouse. I love coming to work and helping everyone around me reach a higher level of excellence.”
“Taryll is an incredible addition to the team,” said Gary Brown, LongHorn Steakhouse senior vice president of operations. “It’s been amazing to watch him grow into the expert he is today, and we’re proud he’s representing our division.”
The second annual competition awards cash prizes totaling more than $200,000 and celebrates LongHorn Steakhouse’s dedication to being the best of the best on the grill.