Best Culinary Spokesman

Michael Ruhlman

Author, chef, and confidant to the country's culinary elite, Michael Ruhlman has the cred -- and the connections -- to carve a niche in Napa or make his mark on the Big Apple. But instead of living the high life on the coasts, he's sticking with Cleveland. "Look, I could have lived anywhere I wanted to," he has been known to say, "but I'm here because I love this town. There's a richness to my life that I gained by returning to the place where I grew up, and that's something I could never find anyplace else."