Like legions of Clevelanders, Kevin and Mary Frederick call themselves foodies. They dote on fine dining, enjoy discovering new restaurants, love to cook at home and even have taken cooking classes with Michael Symon. But like an increasing number of Americans, the Fredericks take their hobby up another notch. […] They’ve invested big time in the luxury of a sprawling outdoor kitchen.

Just a few steps from their house, the North Ridgeville couple has erected a storm-resistant pavilion that serves as an open patio fitted with an electronic system to raise and lower screens if the flying pests are too pesky. There’s a bar, TV screens, a conversation pit, and both ceiling fans and heating units to maintain just the right degree of comfort.

But that’s just where the fun begins, at least for a cooking couple like the Fredericks.

Their outdoor kitchen is fitted with a sophisticated Wolf range specifically outfitted for outdoor use. The setup includes a grill, an oven and a side gas burner. Oh, and a brick pizza oven.

So, seriously, why?

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