Fast Facts

  • Grew up in a family with Greek and Sicilian roots.
  • Wrestled in high school.
  • Named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine in 1998.
  • Won Season 1 of The Next Iron Chef in 2007.
  • Owns and operates restaurants in his native Cleveland.
  • Is a motorcycle enthusiast and a die-hard Cleveland sports fan.
  • Likes to garden and play golf.
  • Has the words "Got Pork" paired with two pink pigs tattooed on his chest.


  • Liz Symon — Wife
  • Kyle — Stepson
  • Angel Symon — Mother
  • Dennis Symon — Father


  • Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York, United States (1990)

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  • Birth Name: Michael D. Symon
  • Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: TV host, Chef, Author, Restaurateur

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