Jonathan Dearden



Jonathan Dearden



Philadelphia, PA

Jonathan grew up just outside of Washington, D.C. in Sterling, Virginia, where both he and his twin brother started their culinary journeys working weekends at local family-owned restaurants.  He attended The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in culinary management.  His past culinary positions include chef de cuisine for James Beard Award-winning Chef Allen Susser’s in Miami, executive chef at Ardeo + Bardeo in D.C., executive chef at Andre Balazs properties in New York and executive chef at Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia.  While Dearden was running the kitchen at Jade Mountain, the luxury hotel was recognized by Travel + Leisure as the top resort in the Caribbean, and #3 best resort in the world.  Most recently, Jonathan has worked as the executive chef of Radiator, a Chef-driven cocktail bar located in the Kimpton Mason and Rook hotel in Washington, D.C.

Jonathan’s dedication and passion to the industry was recognized in November 2017 when he was named to DC Refined’s “34 Under 34,” and esteemed list of restaurant industry professionals in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, aged 34 and under.  In January 2018, Dearden won D.C.’s “Best Chef on the Block” in a cooking contest held amongst chefs based in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.  This advanced him to the national competition on ABC’s “The Chew,” where Dearden won the “Best Chef on the Block” East Coast Championship.

Awards and Accolades

  • Chef finalist on Food Network's “Chopped” and “Beat Bobby Flay” 
  • Judge's Choice winner of Chilean Chef Battle at National Restaurant Association November 2018 
  • A total of 11 television appearances in 2018 including ABC, FOX and WUSA9 DC 
  • Refined Successful “34 Under 34” list of successful restaurant workers in DC 2017 
  • East Coast Winner on The Chew in 2018 cooking competition, ABC Studios New York
  • James Beard House, NYC, “Spoonful of Paradise” event, October 2012 
  • Friends of James Beard Dinner, Miami - “Outstanding Contribution” award, May 2012 
  • Napa and Sonoma Wineries 2011 Trade Tour - Beringer, Kendal Jackson, Mondavi, Chalk Hill, Conn Creek, Frogs Leap and Joseph Phelps