Chef Finalist competing for Maine Lobster Chef of the Year
View Challenge Recipe: Butter poached lobster with a corn and miso puree, shaved radish salad, geoduck dressing, crispy quinoa and yuzu foam.
Executive Chef Jon Gaboric comes to Camden, Maine via Austin, Texas. He is most broadly known for winning Food Network’s Chef Wanted (episode aired in February, 2013).
Gaboric was the General Manager and Executive Chef at Sobani Restaurant and Wine Bar in Austin and was founder and operating partner at Austin’s Wefuse Eatery. Wefuse was an unusual restaurant at the time for Austin; the emphasis was on healthy food, offering an option to the prolific BBQ and hamburgers.
Other past experience includes time spent at Vermont’s Three Clock Inn, a restaurant serving modern French cuisine with Asian influences. There the culinary emphasis was on local, seasonal and foraged ingredients before that became a nationwide trend. Gaboric incorporated Asian technique and flavors that he developed during his formative years as a student in Korea and then in Japan, traveling with his family and experiencing regional foods.
Gaboric also worked at The Wilburton Inn in Vermont, and in Florida, where he was a partner and then a manager at two different large, high-end catering businesses, Chef Gui of Provence Catering and Café Anna. During that time he served private dinners to Paul Newman and singer Patti LaBelle among others.
Gaboric earned his degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University, under the tutelage of culinary masters such as Chef Ben Quicho, personal chef to several U.S. Presidents.
After completing his studies, Gaboric took a position at Hotel Residence, a Two Michelin Star top-rated hotel in Germany. Returning to the States, Gaboric worked during the summer as a freelance chef at Fenway Park where he hosted VIP events and catered to guests including Ted Williams, Sammy Sosa, Chris Rock, and Matt Damon.