I got the chance recently to speak to Michael Symon, Iron Chef, previous winner of The Next Iron Chef, and host of the new show, Food Feuds, coming up October 14 on Food Network.
Our interview was conducted over the phone, with him answering my questions over video. He’s a nice, funny guy, and was fantastic to talk to. Check out the video below, then jump with me to read more about the new show and about Michael’s upcoming stint as a judge on The Next Iron Chef!
Jump with me for more on Michael and his new show!
Across the country, heated rivalries over local signature dishes divide cities – and Food Network’s new primetime series Food Feuds will decide, once and for all, which dish defines the district. From Baltimore crab cakes and Philadelphia cheesesteaks to New York lobster rolls and New Orleans po’ boys, Iron Chef Michael Symon searches the country to quell the most intense, long-standing culinary rivalries.
October is a huge month for Michael, one of America’s culinary geniuses. He will not only be hosting this new primetime series (premiering on October 14), he will also join The Next Iron Chef (the show he WON to become an Iron Chef!) as a first-time judge. The Next Iron Chef premieres on October 3. In the fiercest season-to-date, ten of the country’s most accomplished chefs bet on their skills and put their reputations on the line for the chance to join the industry’s most elite culinary society: the Iron Chefs.
Renowned in the culinary world and adored in his hometown of Cleveland, Michael Symon is the chef and owner of critically acclaimed Lola and Lolita restaurants in Cleveland, Ohio. Michael has earned much attention through the years for his thoughtful cooking style and his attention to detail. He was named National Rising Star by Restaurant Hospitality magazine (May 1997 issue), he was named one of the Top Ten Best New Chefs by Food & Wine magazine (July 1998 issue), America’s Best Restaurants in Gourmet magazine (Oct. 2000 issue), featured in Michael Ruhlman’s book “The Soul of a Chef” (2000), nominated for best chef-great lakes region by the James Beard Foundation (2006), as well as making appearances on WKYC-TV (Cleveland) on Mondays with Michael and iVillage Live on NBC. He has hosted over 100 episodes of The Melting Pot on Food Network, in addition to appearing on episodes of Sara’s Secrets with Sara Moulton, and Ready, Set, Cook and Food Nation with Bobby Flay. In 2007, he competed on the reality competition series The Next Iron Chef and won, securing his place as a permanent Iron Chef on Food Network’s hit series Iron Chef America. You can follow Chef Symon on Twitter: @chefsymon.