Sagamore Hills native Michelle Cerveny has grilled her way into the record books.

On Thursday, LongHorn Steakhouse’s top Grill Masters went head-to-head in the flame-fueled final round of the epic grilling competition, the Steak Master Series in Orlando, Fla.

The Nordonia High School graduate is the first woman to win the company’s Steak Master Series after she out-grilled six finalists from around the country.

"I’m humbled, overjoyed and in shock," said Cerveny. "I never win anything. This means the world to me. It’s not about being a man or a woman; it comes down to skill."

Officially crowned LongHorn’s Steak Master Champion, Cerveny took home the $10,000 grand prize and ultimate bragging rights.

Local to the Cuyahoga Falls LongHorn, Cerveny has been part of the LongHorn team for more than 11 years and learned to cook from her mom. In addition to being a Grill Master at LongHorn, she is also server and certified trainer.

Since February, more than 5,000 culinary team members had the opportunity to vie for the title of Steak Master Series Champion in a series of rounds that put their skills at the grill to the test.

Cerveny beat seven other grill masters at the divisional competition in Strongsville in May. The competitors were taken one-by-one into the kitchen where they were required to grill four different steaks.

"Grilling off all of these steaks is more detailed than the average person would think," she said. "We have to do precise seasonings and precise timing on flipping all of our steaks."

This was Cerveny’s second time around in the Steak Master Series, which is in its third year. She competed for the first time last year but didn’t advance past the restaurant level.

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