From Cleveland, Ohio comes Michael Symon, the owner of the renowned Lola and Lolita restaurants in his hometown. He was educated at The Culinary Institute of America and was later awarded as one of the Ten Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine in 1998. He also was the former host of Food Network's Melting Pot series, and has appeared on Sara's Secrets with Sara Moulton, Ready, Set, Cook and FoodNation with Bobby Flay. Aside from television, Symon has also graced magazines such as Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Saveur, Food Arts, Esquire and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Michael Symon became known as one of eight contestants on Food Network's reality series, The Next Iron Chef. He also won Iron Chef America in 2007, and later became the host of Dinner: Impossible. He was soon seen on Dear Food Network: Thanksgiving Disasters and an episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate, which featured his restaurant. In 2010, he was seen on Cook Like an Iron Chef and Food Feuds.
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2009-2011: The Next Food Network Star (TV series) - Himself
2009-2011: The Best Thing I Ever Ate (TV series) - Himself
2011: Food Revolution (TV series) - Himself
2011: Conan (TV series) - Himself
2007-2011: Iron Chef America: The Series (TV series documentary) - Himself
2010: Food Feuds (TV series) - Himself - Host
2010: Paula's Best Dishes (TV series) - Himself
2010: Cook Like an Iron Chef (TV series) - Himself
2010: Food Network Challenge (TV series) - Himself - Contestant
2010: Ace of Cakes (TV series) - Himself
2008: Dinner: Impossible (TV series) - Himself - Host
2007: The View (TV series) - Himself
2007: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (TV series documentary) - Himself