In 2002, a young chef triumphantly returned home to Cleveland after a five-year cooking stint at several of Wolfgang Puck’s West Coast restaurants. Back on the North Coast, 24-year-old Rocco Whalen mustered everything he learned from the master to open his own restaurant, Fahrenheit. His contemporary menu, with Mediterranean and Asian accents, was an instant hit with customers and the media, including this publication, which named him a Rising Star. Earlier this year, 12 years after ...

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