ROCCO WHALEN
ROCCO WHALEN

Rocco Whalen

The word "love" appears frequently on the menu at Fahrenheit, Chef Rocco Whalen's restaurant in Tremont. Food equals love, and love reminds him of his late mom Rosie, the cooking whiz who set him on the path to a culinary career.

The word "love" appears frequently on the menu at Fahrenheit, Chef Rocco Whalen's restaurant in Tremont. Food equals love, and love reminds him of his late mom Rosie, the cooking whiz who set him on the path to a culinary career.

An east-side native of Cleveland, Whalen learned cooking at his mom's side from the ripe young age of eight years old. During his teen years, he took off to the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute to hone those skills.

After five years cooking at Wolfgang Puck restaurants out west, Whalen headed back to Cleveland in 2001 to head-up the kitchen at Blue Point Grille in the city’s Warehouse District. A year and a half later, he opened Fahrenheit in Tremont at the tender age of 24.

He had a hit. Gourmet listed Fahrenheit, with its stone oven pizzas and straightforward preparation of American classics, in its "Guide to America's Best Restaurants." Esquire dubbed Whalen a chef "to keep your eye on." And, the James Beard Foundation nominated him as a rising star.

Whalen is full of ideas, and his menu typically changes every six weeks. His menu currently offers patrons the ability to order his dishes “Fahrenlite-Style,” which is lower in calories and fat. Whalen introduced the idea after losing 124 pounds while appearing on Food Network's "Fat Chef" reality series.

Check out Whalen's other food/love options through his food truck, Short Rib 1; the fast casual Rosie & Rocco's at the JACK Cleveland Casino and FirstEnergy Stadium; Rocco’s Great Lakes Cheese Steaks at FirstEnergy Stadium, and Rocco's at the Q within Quicken Loans Arena.

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