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9 Local Chefs We're Proud to Say Belong to Cleveland 

Jill Vedaa: Rockefeller's

In the early 20th century, John D. Rockefeller became the world's richest man by being a ruthless competitor who never settled on second place. In the kitchen of Rockefeller's restaurant, located in a building once owned by that famed industrialist, executive chef Jill Vedaa seems to be channeling some of that self-assured behavior. "I am super-competitive," admits Vedaa. The chef recalls how her mother made cooking fun by blending the work with music. "We would cook together and dance around the kitchen to Motown," she says. "I still love to blast some Aretha when I'm prepping." When they weren't toiling in the kitchen, they were out exploring the city's awakening restaurant scene. "I remember having a burger and a chocolate Coke at Heck's Café," she recalls. "It just felt like a different world." MORE>>


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