Local Resident to Compete for the Ultimate Title: Steak Master Series National Champion

What does it take to be one of the top grillers in the country? Just ask Jesse Montalva, Grill Master at LongHorn Steakhouse at 5488 S. Padre Island Drive in Corpus Christi. He has been named regional champion for the second year in a row of the brand’s Steak Master Series, an epic culinary competition where the restaurant’s top-performing grilling experts vie for title of national champion. Montalva is one of 57 team members across the country to achieve this distinction out of the more than 5,000 who were invited to participate in the competition.

“At LongHorn, our grilling expertise stands as a testament to the quality and care we put into our steaks,” said Thomas Hall, executive vice president of operations at LongHorn Steakhouse. “Jesse is one of our top Grill Masters who proved that they’re the best of the best and brings their passion for serving expertly grilled steaks into the restaurant every day.”

Montalva, a LongHorn veteran of more than 15 years, says his favorite part about the job is the teamwork.

Here are a few top things to know about Montalva:

·He started cooking when he was 15 years old, and learned from his grandmother

·This is his second time being a regional winner

·His top grilling tip is to relax at the grill

·His favorite LongHorn steak is the Outlaw Ribeye

The third annual Steak Masters Series, which awards cash prizes totaling more than $200,000, celebrates LongHorn’s commitment to craftsmanship on the grill. This year’s competition began at the restaurant level when grill cooks across 500 LongHorn locations competed to move on to the regional round.

For more than three decades, LongHorn’s certified Grill Masters have perfected their craft of grilling legendary steaks. From selecting the right cut, to boldly seasoning with the brand’s secret blends, and grilling to perfection, LongHorn’s Grill Masters put passion into preparing every steak.

For more information about LongHorn Steakhouse, or to find a nearby restaurant, visit www.LongHornSteakhouse.com