25 Facts About Michael Symon

1. Michael Symon is of Greek, Sicilian, and Eastern European descent.

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2. Michael Symon is seen regularly on Food Network on shows such as Iron Chef America, Burgers, Brew and 'Que, Food Feuds, and The Best Thing I Ever Ate, as well as Cook Like an Iron Chef on the Cooking Channel and The Chew on ABC.

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3. Michael Symon is credited with helping to "save" the restaurant scene in Downtown Cleveland.

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4. Michael Symon owns Michael Symon's Roast in Detroit, Michigan.

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5. Michael Symon was born in Cleveland, Ohio and is of Greek, Italian, and Eastern European ancestry.

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6. Michael Symon was raised in North Olmsted, Ohio, attending St Richard School in North Olmsted and St Edward High School in Lakewood, graduating in 1987.

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7. Michael Symon took a part-time job at Geppetto's Pizza and Ribs on Warren Rd.

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8. Michael Symon graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1990.

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9. Michael Symon opened Roast, a restaurant at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Michigan in autumn 2008.

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10. On October 19, 2010, Michael Symon announced that he would be closing the Avon Lake location of Bar Michael Symon.

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11. On June 25, 2012, Michael Symon opened another Bar Michael Symon in Pittsburgh International Airport-Airmall in partnership with United Concessions Group and The Paradies Shops.

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12. On November 21, 2015, Michael Symon opened Michael Symon's Burger Joint in Austin, TX near The University of Texas.

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13. Michael Symon was one of the rotating hosts of Food Network's show Melting Pot.

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14. Michael Symon appeared on Sara's Secrets with Sara Moulton, Ready, Set, Cook, and FoodNation with Bobby Flay.

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15. On November 11, 2007, after a head-to-head match against John Besh, Michael Symon was declared the winner of the entire competition.

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16. On November 18, 2007, Michael Symon won his first battle on Iron Chef America.

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17. Michael Symon hosted the show for ten episodes until host Robert Irvine was reinstated.

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18. Cook Like an Iron Chef, a Cooking Channel show starring Michael Symon, debuted in July 2010.

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19. Michael Symon described it as "a show for the people who've watched Food Network forever and are ready to learn something more advanced or more creative.

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20. Show Food Feuds, which featured Michael Symon, premiered October 10, 2010.

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21. On February 14, 2011, Michael Symon appeared in a skit on the late-night talk show Conan, in which a young couple had won a "romantic" Valentine's Day dinner date on the set.

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22. In September 2011, Michael Symon began co-hosting The Chew on ABC networks, a daily talk show that is centered on food-related and lifestyle topics.

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23. Onter cookbooks include 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners, 5 in 5: 5 for Every Season (2015), Michael Symon's Playing with Fire (2018), and Fix It with Food (2019).

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24. In 2008, Michael Symon began working as a "spokeschef," representing cookware companies Vitamix and Calphalon, appearing at housewares shows and other demonstration events.

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25. In 2012, and again in 2013, Michael Symon was paired with actress Eva Longoria for a promotion for PepsiCo's Lay's potato chip called "Do Us A Flavor.

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