Chef Louis Prpich, owner of the Chowder House Café in Cuyahoga Falls, is back to work this fall after spending most of the year in and out of the hospital. He was diagnosed with polyarteritis nodosa, a disease in which the blood vessels become inflamed, causing injury to the organs.
Since his return to his native Northeast Ohio, chef Dante Boccuzzi has taken the Cleveland-Akron dining scene by storm. He first opened Dante in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood and later Ginko at the same location. The D.C. Pasta Co. in Strongsville, and dba or Dante Boccuzzi Akron, followed. His next venture will be A Tavola in Tremont.
Medina County resident Bev Shaffer has been a leader in the Akron culinary scene for years. She is corporate chef for Vitamix in North Olmsted and has written numerous cookbooks. Her latest is Chocolate Desserts To Die For!
Kim White can always be found behind the counter at Flury’s Cafe in Cuyahoga Falls, where she is the owner and cook. Her restaurant is tiny, but her food is big enough to capture the attention of authors Jane and Michael Stern, who listed Flury’s in the 2008 edition of their book Roadfood.
Michael Trecaso, owner of Mary Coyle in Akron’s Highland Square, has been cooking up Italian favorites for decades in Akron. Now his son, chef Michael II, has joined his dad to continue the Trecaso tradition.
Chef Roger Thomas has been a fixture in the Akron dining scene since he began his career at the former Wine Merchant restaurant, which he later owned. Since then, Thomas has cooked at Ken Stewart’s Grille and owned Piatto in downtown Akron, before moving to the Sheraton Akron/Cuyahoga Falls, where he is executive chef.
Since returning to Akron in 2009, chef Jeff Winer has been an integral player in the local food truck movement. He was one of the founders of the Orange Trük, and previously operated Market Gourmet @ Montrose.