Johnny McLaughlin Chef / Owner of Heartbreaking Dawns to Appear on Chopped on Food Network

One of the most creative individuals in the hot sauce business today is Johnny McLaughlin of Heartbreaking Dawns Artisan Foods.
This is a reminder that Johnny will be appearing on Food Network’s Chopped this Tuesday, January 3rd, at 10PM Eastern / 9PM Central time. Set your DVR’s and Tivos now folks!

Johnny McLaughlin of Heartbreaking Dawns
Johnny McLaughlin of Heartbreaking Dawns

Johnny McLaughlin is a well known and highly respected chef and hot sauce creator that began his Heartbreaking Dawns company just under 2 years ago. Johnny and his wife, Nicole started out with only 3 hot sauces, and have since grown their product line to over 50 items.

Chopped on Food Network
Chopped on Food Network

It was Nicole that took the initiative to get the Chopped thing going. She had seen that they were casting again and went ahead and started the contact/application process while her husband was away on business. Before she even had chance to tell him about the submission, he was already contacted by the Chopped casting team.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Johnny way back in February of 2010 on our 14th episode of the podcast.
Listen in to learn how Johnny got started, and how much research he did to launch Heartbreaking Dawns.

Also, both Johnny and Nicole joined us in September of 2010 on HotSauceWeekly #28 as they were launching their grilling sauces.

Johnny and Nicole McLaughlin of Heartbreaking Dawns
Johnny and Nicole McLaughlin of Heartbreaking Dawns

“Heartbreaking Dawns is Hudson Valley and Tri-State’s premiere producer of all-natural hot sauce, dry rubs, preserves and grilling sauce.”

Marilyn and I are proud to call Johnny and Nicole good friends and we are excited for Johnny and his upcoming appearance on Chopped.

You can read even more about Johnny and Nicole and their unique Heartbreaking Dawns’ history and philosophy in this official article. It’s not your usual boring press release… there is a lot of info there folks.

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    1. Of course we will too! And Johnny’s never let on how thing will turn out.
      There will be nail biting!

  1. I saw Johnny on ‘Chopped’ last night and rooted for him well, because we share the same name! 🙂 I also will visit the Heartbreaking Dawn website to place an order as I’m also a big fan/hobbyist of grilling, smokin’ and hot sauce!! hope to meet the ‘professional’ Johnny McLaughlin someday….good luck to all your future endeavors!

  2. We were one of the first on-line sites to carry Hearbreaking Dawns sauces. Johnny and Nicole did a tasting at our retail store. They are both great and a lot of fun. Everybody at Armadillo Pepper wishes them the very best!

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