Meet Michael Symon

Lola, Lolita, Roast, & Bar Symon    

Local Boy Makes Good (Making Great Food)!

Renowned in the culinary world and adored in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Michael Symon is the chef/owner of critically acclaimed restaurants Lola and Lolita, chef/partner of Roast, in Detroit, Michigan, and his newest addition Bar Symon in Avon Lake, Ohio. Michael, who has earned attention through the years for his thoughtful Mid-Western cooking style, has been working with Calphalon since 1998. "My relationship with Calphalon over the years continues to develop and evolve," Symon says. "It was an easy partnership to start because it was a product that I already used and believed in and had at my home and used in my restaurants. So when they approached me, it was a natural! We've grown together. It's been a lot of fun."

National Attention

Praise for Michael keeps building! Here are just a few of his many accolades from critics and culinary institutions:

Recipient of the James Beard Foundation's "Award
for Best Chef Award – Great Lakes Region, 2009"
"National Rising Star" by Restaurant
Hospitality Magazine
"Top Ten Best New Chef's" by Food & Wine Magazine "America's Best Restaurants" in Gourmet Magazine Feature in Michael Ruhlman's book The Soul of a Chef One of five Iron Chefs on the Food Network's
Iron Chef America
Hosted Season 5 of Dinner: Impossible

Michael Symon's Live to Cook

Up Next, Michael's First Cookbook!

Michael's most recent achievement is the upcoming release of his first cookbook Symon Says – Live to Cook. Drawing from the recipes beloved by his Greek-Italian-Eastern European-American parents and the diverse working-class neighborhood in which he grew up, the book translates these traditional influences into sophisticated dishes like his Beef Cheek Pierogies with Wild Mushrooms and Horseradish.