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What the Chef: Juan Vergara

Barroco Grill serves pan-Latin fare, a fusion of Colombian, Venezuelan, Argentinian and Peruvian influences. Chef Juan Vergara specializes in handmade arepas, which are corn-grilled pockets stuffed with meats, cheeses and vegetables.

What the Chef: Peter “Taki” Diamantis

Published: 01/29/2016 by Mimi Vanderhaven in Food

What the Chef: Peter “Taki” Diamantis

Accolades during Chef Diamantis' career include being selected to participate in the Food Network’s “Celebrity Chefs of Ohio,” as well as winning a Silver Spoon Award from Cleveland Magazine.

What the Chef: Rob Stauch

Published: 01/26/2016 by Mimi Vanderhaven in Food

What the Chef: Rob Stauch

Working at some of the finest restaurants there for several years after school, Chef Rob Stauch honed his own style, based on old school French techniques, with attention to creating sauces from the freshest ingredients.

What the Chef: Michael Herschman

Published: 12/18/2015 by Mimi Vanderhaven in Food

What the Chef: Michael Herschman

Nowadays, Michael Herschman says the six-block commute to Lopez on Lee in Cleveland Heights—back to where he came from—suits him just fine.

What the Chef: Shana Trepal

Published: 11/12/2015 by Mimi Vanderhaven in Food

What the Chef: Shana Trepal

For the past decade, self-trained chef Shana Trepal of Treehugger's Café has brought home top honors from more than 20 chili cook-offs throughout Northeast Ohio with her vegan chili.

What the Chef: Tim Bando

Published: 10/26/2015 by Mimi Vanderhaven in Food

What the Chef: Tim Bando

Chef Tim Bando opened his charming tavern—Grove Hill—in Chagrin Falls last summer, immediately garnering rave reviews and awards, such as “Best New Restaurant” from Cleveland magazine.

What the Chef: Genevieve Larson

Published: 09/14/2015 by Mimi Vanderhaven in Food

What the Chef: Genevieve Larson

Genevieve grew up in the kitchen alongside her parents and grandparents, who always let her spread her creative wings and concoct new dishes at their restaurants.

What the Chef: J.J. and Kevin Altomare

Published: 10/26/2015 by Mimi Vanderhaven in Food

What the Chef: J.J. and Kevin Altomare

Vividly decorated with a seascape of white sandy beaches, The Beachcomber food truck brings coastal cuisine to the Lake Erie coast with specialties such as Lobster Rolls and Coconut Shrimp with spicy marmalade sauce.

What the Chef: Eddie Tancredi

Published: 06/29/2015 by Mimi Vanderhaven in Food

What the Chef: Eddie Tancredi

Eddie Tancredi's business card now reads Executive Chef-Managing Partner for the Metropolitan Hotel at the 9's restaurant—Adega—a newbie in the white-hot downtown culinary scene featuring modern Mediterranean fare.

What the Chef: Jonathon Sawyer

Published: 06/29/2015 by Mimi Vanderhaven in Food

What the Chef: Jonathon Sawyer

Despite national television appearances and international accolades—Jonathon remains a kid at heart. You’ll still see him riding his scooter to the restaurants from his home in Cleveland Heights.