Michael Ruhlman

Cleveland, OH

Best Accomplishment: I don't know if that's anything for me to judge
Best Personal Moment: I'm most proud of having written Charcuterie, a book that has been embraced so well (sold over 100,000 copies)

Best Farmers Market: North Union - Cleveland, OH
Best Butcher: Any young butchery committed to doing the right thing
Best Kitchen Tool: Flat edged wooden spoon
Best Home Cooked Meal: Roast chicken with pan sauce, mashed potatoes, roasted green beans; this sauce in Ruhlman's Twenty is my favorite (pg. 195-198)

Best Restaurant, Period: French Laundry - Yountville, CA
Best Local Food: The Greenhouse Tavern - Cleveland, OH
Best Breakfast/Brunch: Fire Food and Drink - Cleveland, OH
Best Cheap Eat: Sokolowskis - Cleveland, OH
Best Mexican Food: Momocho - Cleveland, OH
Best Sushi: Pacific East Japanese Restaurant - Cleveland, OH
Best Seafood: Lola Bistro - Cleveland, OH

Best Bar: Velvet Tango Room - Cleveland, OH

Best Song: The Well-Tempered Clavier - Johann Sebastian Bach; Crush - Dave Matthews Band
Best Movie: It's a Wonderful Life

Chef photo courtesy of Donna Turner Ruhlman.

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