LongHorn Steakhouse Honors Employee Who Grilled 1 Million Steaks

By Zoe Sottile, CNN

There’s a new grill master in town, just in time for grilling season.

Gayle Dudley, a longtime employee of a LongHorn SteakHouse in Georgia, was named “Grill Master Legend” after grilling 1 million steaks – one of 14 employees to win the title – according to a statement shared with CNN.

Dudley has worked at the chain’s location in Columbus for two decades, Mario Roberts, communications manager at Darden Restaurants Inc., the group that owns LongHorn Steakhouse, told CNN.

Dudley’s accomplishment was marked with a surprise ceremony at the steakhouse where she works. Her colleagues, friends and family gathered to watch her receive a check for $5,000 and a special gold chef’s coat.

“I was stunned. Being named Grill Master Legend means a lot to me,” Dudley said in a statement. with my mom and see how proud she was.”

” I like people. I love my co-workers,” she continued. “I love my guests too. Because at the end of the day, when they tell me they enjoyed that steak, that gives me the most joy to the world.

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Dino S. Williams