Chattanooga native and current resident Christopher Coats, culinary team member at the LongHorn Steakhouse in Chattanooga, was recognized as the regional winner of the company’s Steak Master Series competition. This honor is bestowed upon the top performing culinary team members in the company. He is one of just 60 team members from LongHorn Steakhouse to achieve this distinction.
The Steak Master Series was created by LongHorn Steakhouse to celebrate the restaurant’s commitment to grilling expertise, to challenge its culinary team members to continuously strive for excellence and sharpen their skills, and it provides an opportunity to recognize team members in a unique way.
“We are thrilled that Christopher was named the regional Steak Master Series winner,” said Paul Livrieri, executive vice president of operations at LongHorn Steakhouse. “This recognition is a true testament to his dedication to grilling expertise, and to providing outstanding food and perfectly grilled steaks to our guests.”
Mr. Coats has been with LongHorn Steakhouse for almost 11 years. His favorite part about working at LongHorn Steakhouse is the people he gets to work alongside every day.
“Winning the regional Steak Master Series competition was an added perk to an already great job,” said Mr. Coats. “This has been one of the most memorable experiences in my 11 years with LongHorn. It encourages me to continue teaching new hires and existing team members, so that they, too, can achieve this level of success.”
All of the nearly 6,000 culinary team members at LongHorn Steakhouse locations nationwide were invited to participate in the Steak Master Series, which took the form of written and culinary tests. Coats will compete against two others in the Charlotte division for a chance to become one of the seven finalists in the championship event. These seven finalists will travel to LongHorn Steakhouse headquarters in Orlando, Fl., to compete for the title of Steak Master Series Champion.