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Michael Symon

Michael Symon


Cleveland, Ohio

Birth Name

Michael Symon


  • Michael Symon on The Chew.
  • Michael Symon on The Chew.
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Michael Symon was born in 1969 and raised in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He dreamed of being a wrestler, but a broken arm in 1990 ended those dreams and he got a job at Geppetto's Ribs as a cook, and the rest is culinary history. He graduated from…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2015, Michael won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host in his work on The Chew.

    • In July 2008 Michael hosted his annual charity dinner for the Share Our Strength organization at his restaurant, Lola. The theme of this years dinner was Women of Food and Wine. The event raised $74,000.

    • Michael said the weirdest thing he has ever eaten is duck testicles.

    • In 2008 Michael was nominated for a James Beard Foundation award in the category Best Chef: Great Lakes Region.

    • Michael has many tattoos. One covers his left shin with flames and fry pans that reads "LIVE TO COOK" and another one is over his heart and has two cherub pigs holding a banner that reads "GOT PORK".

    • Michael has a new English Bulldog puppy named Ozzy. He also has two Bullmastiff dogs named Ruby and Mabel.

    • Michael Symon was one of the regular revolving chef/hosts on the Food Network series Melting Pot.

    • In 2005 Michael was a challenger on Iron Chef America losing to Iron Chef Morimoto in Battle Asparagus. (Morimoto beat him by 9.5 points)

    • Michael is Greek on his mother's side

    • Symon has a line of t-shirts he designed with tattoo artist Natalie Rolle.

  • Quotes

    • Michael Symon: Hey man, I am all about the pork. I just don't get why you'd want a vegetable, unless you wrap it in bacon.

    • Michael: (On his newest show Dinner:Impossible)
      My main goal is to make great food and make people happy. My three goals for the show are (1) again, make people happy, (2) turn out incredible tasting food, and (3) of course, finish on time

    • Michael: I come from a family that puts food first. Many of my memories include family, holidays, and gatherings. Now, I host many of them, so it's pretty cool.

  • obnoxious

    Michael Simon is the most obnoxious person on the chew. That laughing has turned so many people I know away from watching the Chew. He is loud and buds in on others comments on the show. It is nice to be smart and cook well, but can't he be a bit more humble? Stop that obnoxious laughing.
  • Nice description of the differences betweet BBQ and grilling!

    HOWEVER..... How about chiming in about propane gas grilling. Should it be even considered grilling or BBQ? Always loved is OK with some mesquite tossed on. But gas??? Since you defined BBQ, could you


    nyrobee2000 aka Rick