Cleveland Chefs

If all you did was eat during your stay in Cleveland, you’d have one heck of a visit.

In the past several years, the city has reached a culinary tipping point. A wave of nationally recognized talent now pushes the farm-to-table trend at inventive restaurants here alongside a boatload of dependably delicious ethnic, independent and hole-in-the-wall restaurants.

Clevelanders know these top chefs by their first names. Many of them left as young adults and later returned to their hometown to open restaurants and pursue their own visions. And, all this cutting edge flavor is well within reach for the average Joe.

Image Box - Cleveland Chef Michael Symon
Since winning Iron Chef America in 2007, Symon has become a regular on TV cooking shows and opened a string of restaurants…
Image Box - Cleveland Chef Jonathon Sawyer
He grows herbs on his downtown restaurant's rooftop. He rides his bike to work. He composts and recycles kitchen and dining room scraps up the wazoo. He's Jonathan Sawyer, Cleveland's greenest of green chefs…
Image Box - Cleveland Chef 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…
Image Box - Cleveland Chef Chris Hodgson
Food fans across the country got to know Chris Hodgson as he logged 3,500 miles in his Hodge Podge food truck on Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race"…
Image Box - Cleveland Chef Brandt Evans
Brandt Evans calls the food at his Pura Vida restaurant "aggressively creative." That doesn't mean the goat cheese will jump off the plate and kick you. It does mean you might find duck confit on your nachos…
Image Box - Cleveland Chef Douglas Katz
Foodies know fire food & drink executive chef Doug Katz as "the Alice Waters of Cleveland." Fresh? Always. And, local whenever possible. Lucky for Katz there's a farmer's market right outside the restaurant's front door in Shaker Square…
Image Box - Cleveland Chef Zack Bruell
Back in the 1980s, Cleveland's restaurant scene was, let's just say, short on pizzazz and sophistication. Then came Zack Bruell. The godfather of fusion cuisine in these parts, Bruell gave us meat and potatoes, but in a new-fangled way…
Image Box - Cleveland Chef Dante Bocuzzi
Some chefs pair food with wine. Dante Bocuzzi pairs food with rock ‘n' roll. Every career high for this Michelin-star chef comes with a musical counterpart…
Image Box - Cleveland Chef Matt Fish
A little bit gourmet, a little bit rock & roll--Chef Matt Fish caters to the funky, friendly, and unpretentious at Cleveland favorite Melt Bar and Grilled.…
Image Box - Ben Beberoth
In the culinary world, the term "farm-to-table" can often be a cliché description used to acquire a hipster seal-of-approval. But, what if the table you were eating at was actually on a farm? Chef Ben Bebenroth knows a thing or two...…


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