“Both involve creativity and passion and make you vulnerable in a good way,” he says. In addition to his culinary skills, Chef Rosander is a singer and guitarist with a local rock band.
He began cooking seasonally while working as a construction worker, attended the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute and trained in Chiavari, Italy, with the world-famous Roberto Dal Seno. He worked at a number of restaurants throughout the Midwest, cultivating a love of French and Italian cuisine.
Chef Rosander, who previously owned the restaurant Rosander in Berea, helms the overall dining experience at the Manor, which includes the Wade Park Grill, Lincoln Dining Room, as well as the Manor’s burgeoning catering services for special events. “All meals,” he says, “are prepared fresh from scratch.”
One of his first major initiatives has been transitioning the Lincoln Dining Room into a full-service restaurant, including appetizers, salads, main entrees and dessert.
“I don’t look at meals as a necessary labor of the day—they are the most important part of the day, and I think that passion will translate into a better experience with new healthy food and fresh ideas,” says Chef Rosander.
You can meet Chef Rosander this coming weekend when he appears at the sixth annual Cleveland Garlic Festival. He is one of four local celebrity chefs competing in the Grass-fed Beef Grill-Off on Saturday, September 6 at noon.
The Garlic Festival takes place in Cleveland’s historic Shaker Square and celebrates all things garlic with garlic-themed food including everything from oysters to ice cream. It also features live music, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and taste-and-grow tents for children. Presented by the North Union Farmers Market, the festival runs Saturday through Sunday, September 7.
Back at the Manor, Rosander is dedicated to bringing a renewed passion and vigor to the dining experience of its residents, their families and guests.
“Flexibility and the ability to adapt and create foods that are interesting, specialized and well-developed are key.”