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Driftaway Café Represents Savannah in National Breakfast Battle

135 chefs Hometown Breakfast Battle

135 chefs. 135 cities. It’s the largest national chef competition of its kind, and Chef John Rogers from Driftaway Café is proudly representing the Savannah area with his locally inspired recipe, the Crab Cake Benedict.

Chef John is participating in the Hometown Breakfast Battle—a national chef recipe competition featuring 135 chefs from across the country who are battling it out to create America’s best breakfast in honor of the 135th anniversary of the Thomas’ brand.

For the competition, Chef John was tasked to utilize Thomas’ iconic English Muffins or Bagels to showcase how easy and fun it is to add local flair and approachability to breakfast.


Inspired by his hometown of Savannah, Chef John entered a Crab Cake Benedict, which is highlighted by fresh crab meat and mixed with fun ingredients such as Sriracha, fish sauce and peppers.

Chef John grew up working in kitchens and restaurants in Savannah, but left for Philadelphia, where he cooked under several notable chefs and developed his talent for different cuisines. John returned to Savannah to cook for Driftaway Café, the restaurant for which he began working 11 years prior. Today he likes to showcase lowcountry and southern classics in a new light by using different cultural techniques, and by showcasing as many local and season ingredients as possible.

J_Rogers_bio_252x252Savannah locals and fans of Chef John can vote online at to ensure their chef make it to the next round of competition. Voters will also be automatically entered into a random drawing to win free Thomas’ products each day, and the consumer grand prize of $10,000 at the end of the contest.

If Chef John advances to the final round he will be crowned “Thomas’ Hometown Breakfast Battle Grand Champion” and win a $25,000 prize for his restaurant.

Click here to see Chef John’s Crab Cake Benedict recipe.

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