Michael Symon is an Emmy-winning co-host of ABC's award-winning lifestyle series "The Chew," seated alongside "Top Chef" alum Carla Hall and entertaining expert Clinton Kelly.
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Chef Symon cooks with soul. Growing up in a Greek and Sicilian family, the Cleveland native creates boldly flavored, deeply satisfying dishes at his more than 18 restaurants, including Lola and Mabel's BBQ in downtown Cleveland and Angeline in Atlantic City. In addition to co-hosting "The Chew," he also shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style and infectious laugh with viewers as an Iron Chef on the Food Network.
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."
Michael made his debut on Food Network in 1998 with appearances on "Sara's Secrets," with Sara Moulton, "Ready, Set, Cook" and "Food Nation with Bobby Flay," before being tapped to host over 100 episodes of "The Melting Pot." He then went on to win season one of "The Next Iron Chef" in 2008, earning him a permanent spot on the roster of esteemed Iron Chefs. Throughout 2010, Michael appeared on four Food Network/Cooking Channel shows, hosting "Food Feuds" and "Cook Like an Iron Chef," judging season three of "The Next Iron Chef" and competing on "Iron Chef America." In January 2012, Micheal's show "Symon's Suppers," premiered on Cooking Channel and in September 2011, he joined the cast of "The Chew" on ABC as one of the show's five hosts.
Michael is a genuine hometown guy who made his name cooking in his Midwestern restaurants, all of which became critically acclaimed. Lola opened in 1997 and is now the cornerstone of Cleveland's dining scene. Roast brought Michael's meat-centric cooking to Detroit's Westin Book Cadillac in 2008, and after opening the first two Cleveland locations of B Spot in 2009, Michael has expanded with multiple locations throughout Ohio, showcasing his passion for burgers, bratwurst and beer. In 2016, he opened Mabel's BBQ, bringing his original Cleveland-style barbeque to his hometown. Michael's newest restaurant, Angeline, is at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City and is named for his mother, who inspired the menu.
Michael published his first cookbook, "Michael Symon's Live to Cook – Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen," in 2009, sharing home cook-friendly recipes that draw on the flavors of his heritage. Michael's second cookbook, "Carnivore," dedicated to meat lovers, was published in October 2012, and his third cookbook, "5 in 5," inspired by a popular speed-cooking segment on "The Chew." His most recent cookbook was the highly successful "Michael Symon's 5 in 5 For Every Season: 165 Quick Dinners, Sides, Holiday Dishes and More," published in 2015.
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.
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