Chef Michael Symon cooks with soul, since being named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine in 1998, Michael and his restaurants have been awarded numerous honors: 2000 -Gourmet magazine named Lola one of "America's Best Restaurants" 2010 - Michael was the first chef to host the Farm Aid benefit and Bon Apptit magazine included B Spot on their list of "Top 10 Best New Burger Joints". 2009 - Michael earned The James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Great Lakes and Detroit Free Press named Roast "Restaurant of the Year."
Making his debut on Food Network in 1998 with appearances on Sara's Secrets, Ready Set, Cook and Food Nation, before being tapped to host over 100 episodes of The Melting Pot, he went on to win season one of The Next Iron Chef, earning a permanent spot on the roster of esteemed Iron Chefs. Since 1998 he appeared on several Food Network and Cooking Channel shows, hosting Food Feuds and Cook Like an Iron Chef, judging season three of The Next Iron Chef, competing on Iron Chef America, mentoring on All-Star Academy and most recently premiering Burgers, Brew and Que. Additionally, in September 2011 he joined the cast of ABC's The Chew as one of 5 hosts.
In 2009 Michael published his first cookbook, Michael Symon's Live to Cook Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen, with Carnivore - 120 Recipes for Meat Lovers,
5 in 5 - 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners and 5 in 5 for Every Season soon to follow.

When he's not working, Michael rides his motorcycle, cooks at home, plays golf, thinks about his next tattoos, gardens in his backyard and spends time with his wife, Liz, and their beloved dogs Ruby and Ozzy

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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
Getting together with my family to cook for The Holidays.

If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?
It is always just so great to see all my buddies in one area.

If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
I have had the opportunity to cook with most everyone I've ever wanted to, catch me later I might have an update.

I never leave home without my:
my phone