Michael Symon

That meat-centric bald guy with the infectious laugh on ABC's The Chew? That's our guy - Cleveland's own Super Chef Michael Symon.

That meat-centric bald guy with the infectious laugh on ABC's The Chew? That's our guy--Cleveland's own Super Chef Michael Symon.

Since winning Iron Chef America in 2007, Symon has become a regular on TV cooking shows and opened a whole slew of incredible restaurants.

If you’re looking for a true demonstration of Symon’s epicurean talent, make reservations at the upscale Lola Bistro located on E. 4th St., where the wine list alone will make you swoon.

Or, if you need something a little more casual, sink your teeth into one of his nom-worthy burgers and tip back a cold one at a B Spot location in Beachwood, Strongsville, Westlake or inside the JACK Cleveland Casino.

In 2016, Symon also opened Mabel's BBQ, which is a restaurant dedicated to his self-created Cleveland-style barbeque.

A wrestler in high school, Symon turned to cooking after he broke his arm during practice. Bored and looking for college money, he took a part-time job at a local pizza and rib place.

From there, he never looked back. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, he returned to Cleveland, working in various area kitchens. The Plain Dealer, Cleveland's daily newspaper, named Symon the city's hottest chef in 1995.

Two years later, he opened Lola with his fiancée (now wife) Liz Shanahan. Clevelanders fell in love with Symon's rosemary fries and beef cheek pierogies.

Word soon spread. Food & Wine magazine named him one of the "Ten Best New Chefs in America" in 1998. Gourmet followed in 2000, calling Lola one of "America's Best Restaurants." In 2009, Symon won the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef-Great Lakes award.

When Symon isn't thinking about pork, which is probably hardly ever, he's likely riding his motorcycle around town, planning his next tattoo or hanging with his family, which includes his Old English bulldog named Ozzy.

Michael Symon's Ode to Cleveland


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