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Michael Symon from "The Chew" is one of the co-hosts of the ABC daytime program. He is also one of the Iron Chefs on Food Network's "Iron Chef America."

Renowned in the culinary world and adored in his hometown of Cleveland, Michael Symon is the chef and owner of critically acclaimed Lola and Lolita restaurants in Cleveland, Ohio. Michael's pedigree started upon graduating from The Culinary Institute of America in New York in 1990. Michael quickly began revitalizing the Cleveland palate, while practicing in some of Cleveland's up and coming restaurants, such as Player's, Picolo Mondo, Giovanni's and The Caxton Café. In these venues, he found success as well as a loyal following and fan base.

In 1997, Michael opened his own restaurant, Lola, collaborating with his future wife, Liz. Lola opened just west of downtown Cleveland in the community of Historic Tremont, receiving glowing reviews. To compliment Michael's menu, Liz brought an unpretentious elegance to both the design of the restaurant and unique wine selection from lesser-known boutique vineyards that made Lola Cleveland's destination of the year. In 2005, Michael, Liz and Doug Petkovic gave birth to a new concept of Lola so they could open Lolita. They once again revitalized a new section of Cleveland with the re-opening of Lola in the heart of downtown Cleveland on E. 4th St. in 2006, becoming once again, the cornerstone and darling of the Cleveland dining scene.



Michael has earned much attention through the years for his thoughtful cooking style and his attention to detail. He was named "National Rising Star" by Restaurant Hospitality magazine (May 1997 issue), he was named one of the "Top Ten Best New Chefs" by Food & Wine magazine (July 1998 issue), "America's Best Restaurants" in Gourmet magazine (Oct. 2000 issue), featured in Michael Ruhlman's book "The Soul of a Chef" (2000), nominated for best chef-great lakes region by the James Beard Foundation (2006), as well as making appearances on WKYC-TV (Cleveland) on "Mondays with Michael" and "iVillage Live" on NBC. He has hosted over 100 episodes of "The Melting Pot" on Food Network, in addition to appearing on episodes of "Sara's Secrets" with Sara Moulton, "Ready, Set, Cook" and "Food Nation" with Bobby Flay. In 2007, he competed on the reality competition series "The Next Iron Chef" and won, securing his place as a permanent Iron Chef on Food Network's hit series "Iron Chef America."

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." In 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."

While Michael shines on television, he is a genuine hometown guy who made his name cooking in his Midwestern restaurants. 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.

In 2010 Michael was the first chef ever to host the annual Farm Aid benefit concert. 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, stepson, Kyle, and their bullmastiff, Ruby, and Old English bulldog, Ozzy.




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MICHAEL SYMON: FACTS

Hometown: Cleveland, OH





"Beat Bobby Flay" (TV show) host Guest Stars Turn Out for 'Beat Bobby Flay' Season 2 — Premiering Thursday, July 31, the sophomore season of the Food Network culinary series will feature Scott Conant, Geoffrey Zakarian, Giada De Laurentiis, Michael Symon, Anne Burrell, Chris Santos, Alton Brown, Daphne Oz, Ted Allen, Brooke Burke-Charvet, and more. Read more...
"America's Best Cook" (TV show) host and mentors Ted Allen to Host 'America's Best Cook' — Premiering Sunday, April 13, the new Food Network series features Cat Cora, Alex Guarnaschelli, Tyler Florence and Michael Symon as the mentors and coaches for 16 home cooks competing for the coveted crown. Read more...
Chefs Try to 'Beat Bobby Flay' — Premiering Thursday, March 6, the new Food Network reality competition series features chef Bobby Flay and two culinary contenders from across the nation who think they have what it takes to beat him. Read more...
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"Extreme Chef" (Food Network) scene 'Extreme Chef': Food Network Pushes Chefs to Their Limits — Premiering Thursday, June 30, the new reality series, hosted by seasoned world traveler Marsh Mokhtari, makes chefs do the extreme, like swimming across a lake for ingredients and using a car engine as a makeshift stove. Read more...
"Next Iron Chef 5" contestants and host 'The Next Iron Chef' Season 2: Meet the Contestants — Premiering Sunday, October 4, the second season will test the culinary skills of ten new candidates as they compete to join the "Iron Chef America" team. Read more...
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kitti says:
Michael Symon is sooo sexy. My fantasy is him and the delicious Cat Cora under my christmas tree on christmas morning wearing nothing but bows...sigh.
dena says:
Have a little respect... Michael Symon is an extraordinary Chef. Leave the lovin to Liz and his doags.

Who is Michael Symon dating? What do you think of Michael Symon?

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