Cherrystones’ chili is a dish best served HOT

Photo by Gary Kohatsu Cherrystones Grotto and Grill captured the top prize in the professional category of the chili cook-off on Oct. 16. From left are Mayor Pro Team Rodney Tanaka, Recreation and Human Services Director Stephany Santin, Gardena Police Chief Mike Saffell, Mayor Tasha Cerda, Cherrystone’s owner Leonard Kim, wife Audrey Kim, Gardena City Manager Clint Osorio, Councilman Art Kaskanian and Greg Tsujiuchi, Gardena’s community development director. Kim was honored on Feb. 1 by city officials, who presented his restaurant with a special winner’s banner.
Cherrystones’ signage shows
off the restaurant’s prowess as
serving the No. 1 chili dish in town.
This was the city’s inaugural chili
contest and Cherrystones beat out
three other professional eateries.
the Cherrystones team that
claimed top prize at the Harvest
Festival chili cook-off. From left
are Joey Kim, Cherrystones owner
Leonard Kim and chef Jaime
Photos by Gary Kohatsu