Fahrenheit is proud to be among the Plain Dealers A-List Restaurants. Featured among 99 other Cleveland area hot spots, the PD exclaimed “Fahrenheit: Your favorite dishes, only a little more extravagant, at Rocco Whalens spot.” Other highlights include the “speed and precision of the serving staff” as well as Chef Roccos creativity and ability “to play all the flavor notes full tilt” Check out the full article here.

Dining Out: Upscale Tremont restaurant Farenheit dazzles with exquisite tastes, attention to detail. 

Rocco Whalen spent his childhood in Mentor and would tell people he wanted to be a chef when he grew up. Well, he did grow up, he did reach his culinary dream, and today he is the executive chef/owner of the very popular Fahrenheit restaurant in Clevelands Tremont neighborhood.

On a recent and very cold Saturday night we headed across the Cuyahoga River to Professor Avenue. As we drove to the front of Fahrenheit, we were relieved to see valet parking available, for $6, as the streets were already lined with parked cars.

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January 2013-Chef Rocco named by Cleveland Magazine as one of 2013s Most Interesting People

December 2012 – Travel Channels NFL Road Tested Series featuring The Cleveland Browns & appearances by Chef Rocco

October 2012 – Crains Cleveland names Chef Rocco Whalen as one 2012s “Top 40 Under 40”

September 2012 -Chef Rocco participated in Alexs Lemonade Stand-Great Chefs Event Los Angeles, CA.

June 2005-Present –Chef Rocco was one of the feature Chefs at Alexs Lemonade Stand Great Chefs Event in Philadelphia, PA. The Chefs event, founded by Chef Marc Vetri (Philadelphia, PA), is an annual event in which all time and proceeds are donated to Alexs Lemonade Foundation fighting childhood cancer.  The event has been gaining national attention with a 2nd event announced in Los Angeles this year!

April 2012 HBO Weight of the Nation & Kaiser Permanente Speaker: 

Chef Rocco was asked by Kaiser Permanente & HBO in conjunction with Time Warner Cable to be a guest panel speaker for HBOs premiere of the documentary series Weight of the Nation to share his journey and how we as a nation need to start a change with the way we eat.

2012 Chef Rocco appears on Food Network TV Show Fat Chef

Chef Rocco was chosen out of 1000s of applicants to be a part of a documentary series about the struggles of an overweight Chef.  Struggling with his weight most of his life, Chef Rocco lost over 85lbs through healthy diet and exercise landing as one of the top weight loss competitors on the show.  The show has catapulted Rocco into one of the most demanded speakers in Cleveland inspiring people with his struggle and new lifestyle.

Chef Rocco wins Clevelands Top Chef Peoples Choice Award! July 10, 2009

Fahrenheits own Chef Rocco Whalen won the Peoples Choice award at the Top Chef Cleveland competition held as part of the St. John Westshore Festival of the Arts. Rocco beat out Chef Brandt Evans (Blue Canyon Kitchen), Chef Rachel Spieth (Three Birds), and Chef Timothy Stadnik (Giovannis) for the award. The competition was be hosted by Food Networks Tim Allen who also helped crown the winner.

Martha Stewart, Sirius Radio, December 2008 – ROCCO MAKES MARTHA STEWART GUEST APPEARANCE FOR NFL:

Chef Rocco was a guest of Martha Stewart on her Sirius Radio show at 9 a.m. EST, December 8th and again at 3:45 p.m. EST on December 11th. Rocco appeared on behalf of the “Taste of the NFL”  and discussed the event at the Super Bowl, Cleveland, Fahrenheit, cooking tips and fun stories.


Executive chef Rocco Whalen of Clevelands Fahrenheit restaurant, will host The Taste of the NFL Sunday Night Football Cookbook Brunch to raise money for the Cleveland Food Bank.

Taste of the NFL is the premier food and wine event at Super Bowl, a “party with a purpose” that raises awareness and funds for hunger-relief organizations, including Feeding America and its affiliates nationwide. Since 1992, Taste of the NFL has donated more than $10 million to local and national hunger-relief organizations.


The “Sunday Night Football” Cookbook features recipes from NFL stars including Browns linebacker Willie McGinest who contributes his recipe for lemon-herb chicken with asparagus. The Steelers are represented in the SNF Cookbook by Hines Ward with his Korean-style braised short ribs and rookie Limas Sweeds recipe for chicken and shrimp fettuccine.

The “Sunday Night Football” Cookbook also features recipes from prominent chefs from each NFL city including Pittsburghs Anthony Zello of Bigelow Grille and Bob Malone of Treesdale Golf and Country Club; as well as Clevelands Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit and Paul Minnilo of Baricelli Inn.

Bobby Flay and Emeril Lagasse represent their favorite NFL teams and NBCs “Sunday Night Football” crew add their favorite Sunday Night recipes to the cookbook. Faith Hill and John Madden not only provide some of their favorite recipes, but also write special introductions. The book contains full meals and a section on Super Bowl parties, just in time for the next Super Bowl on NBC. Proceeds from the cookbook, which is available wherever books are sold or at, go to support local food banks across the U.S. through Feeding America (formerly Americas Second Harvest).

Cleveland Magazine, August 2008 – KIDS A-Z – THE CLASS PROJECT GROWS UP:

Donning Rocco Whalens sizable white chefs coat and hat in the Mentor High School cafeteria, 18-year-old Jake Goryance looks like a kid trying on his dads clothes.

Friends stroll by, poking fun at Jakes getup, but he keeps a true chefs focus on preparing the wild mushroom ravioli with goat cheese sauce hes serving to visitors at Mentors Senior Project Fair.

Jake and classmate Nick Small spent three weeks setting tables, prepping food, busing tables, washing dishes and greeting customers at Whalens Tremont eatery, Fahrenheit, all to get some real-life experience in the restaurant business. Read more…

Cleveland Magazine, May 2008: Rocco Whalen loves food – shopping for it, cooking it, eating it, discussing it.  “I enjoy everything about food,” says the gregarious owner of Fahrenheit. Read more…, March 18, 2008: ROCCO WHALENS EASTER MENU:

For Rocco Whalen, chef-owner of Fahrenheit restaurant in Clevelands Tremont neighborhood, the next few days dont only lead up to Easter, they are also the dawning of a chefs most fruitful season.

“I was raised Catholic, so this is a very important religious time,” Whalen says. “But Easter is such a great holiday — and it comes at a wonderful time of year this year. Its the culmination of the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The snows going to be ending, one of these days, and for what I do, as a chef — wow! Things are fresh, right out of the earth and right out of the water.” Read more…

Wine Savant Magazine, September 25, 2006 – TASTE OF THE NFL 2006 CLEVELAND:

It was dubbed “The Party with a Purpose”.  Others referred to it as the “Ultimate Gourmet Tailgate Party”.  By any name, the 2006 Taste of NFL Cleveland Celebrity Dinner was an outstanding success on multiple levels… Chef Rocco Whalen served Lobster Nachos.

2417 Professor Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44113

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10:30am - 3:30pm

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