MICHAEL SYMON

Chef Michael Symon cooks with soul. Growing up in a Greek and Sicilian family, the Cleveland native creates boldly flavored, deeply satisfying dishes at his restaurants in America’s heartland: Lola, Mabel’s BBQ, Roast, Bar Symon and B Spot Burgers. He also shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style and infectious laugh with viewers as an Iron Chef on the Food Network and as a co-host on ABC’s The Chew. Michael has appeared on several Food Network shows and is the author of four best-selling cookbooks. When he’s not working, Michael is riding his motorcycle through Cleveland, cooking at home, playing golf, thinking about his next tattoo, gardening in the backyard and spending time with his wife, Liz, and their Old English bulldog, Ozzy.

Since being named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine in 1998, Michael and his restaurants have been awarded numerous honors: in 2000 Gourmet magazine chose Lola as one of “America’s Best Restaurants;” in 2010, Michael was the first chef ever to host the annual Farm Aid benefit concert; Bon Appetit magazine included B Spot on their list of “Top 10 Best New Burger Joints;” B Spot’s Fat Doug burger won the People’s Choice award at the SoBe Wine & Food Festival. In 2009, Michael earned The James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Great Lakes and the Detroit Free Press named Roast “Restaurant of the Year.”

SYMON SAYS...

NICKNAME:
Symon

LAST SUPPER:
Mom's lasagna

FIRST KITCHEN JOB:
Rib cook at Geppetto's

FAVORITE SPORT:
Football

FIRST TATTOO:
Cartoon devil

FAVORITE TEAM:
Cleveland Browns

FAVORITE TV SHOW:
Ray Donovan

MOTORCYCLE:
Customized Harley

DOG:
Olde English Bulldog, Ozzy

FAVORITE COCKTAIL:
Kentucky Mule

FAVORITE BEER:
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja

FAVORITE KITCHEN TOOL:
Rasp

FACEBOOK OR TWITTER:
Instagram

GUILTY PLEASURE:
Salt & vinegar chips
and Lawson's dip

CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA:
Vanilla

MAX ESPRESSOS PER DAY:
Twelve