Getting to know Cleveland during the RNC: Top local chefs

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CLEVELAND-- More than 50,000 people are expected to come to Cleveland for the week of the Republican National Convention.

With so many visitors in town, it's a great time to show off the best this city has to offer. That includes our award-winning restaurants.

Here are a few chefs you need to know:

Michael Symon: He's obviously the most well-known Cleveland chef. Symon opened his first restaurant in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood in 1997. He now owns several area eateries, including Lola, Lolita and multiple B-Spot locations. Symon won the reality series "The Next Iron Chef" in 2007, then went on to appear on several Food Network shows and co-host ABC's "The Chew."

Dante Boccuzzi: Boccuzzi is another Cleveland chef who established roots in the Tremont area. He practically owns his own block with places like Dante, Ginko, Next Door and CODA. This year, he agreed to bring his craft pizza to the home of the Cleveland Indians. Boccuzzi has also been nominated for the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Award twice.

Zack Bruell: Speaking of James Beard Awards, Zack Bruell was named a semifinalists for the Great Lakes region this year. In 2015, he opened his eighth restaurant in the Flats East Bank, Alley Cat Oyster Bar. Bruell also owns Parallax, L'Albatros, Chinato and Table 45.

Jonathon SawyerHe used to work for Michael Symon. Now, the two chefs own neighboring restaurants on downtown's popular East Fourth Street. Jonathon Sawyer's Greenhouse Tavern earned him the James Beard Award for the Great Lakes region last year. In addition to Noodlecat and Trentina, you can find his snacks at Sawyer's Street Frites at FirstEnergy Stadium and SeeSaw Pretzel Shoppe at Quicken Loans Arena.

Rocco Whalen: Just down the street for Symon and Boccuzzi's Tremont joints, you'll find Whalen's eatery, Fahrenheit. Rocco expanding his brand by making his second Fahrenheit location Charlotte, North Carolina's first rooftop restaurant. His Rosie and Rocco's concept is located at Quicken Loans Arena and FirstEnergy Stadium. Whalen is also a regular on FOX 8 News in the Morning.

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