Michael Symon Biography

Updated On Jun 12, 2019 Published On Apr 18, 2016
Facts of Michael Symon
Date of Birth: 1969 , September-19
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
Name Michael Symon
Birth Name Michael D. Symon
Father Dennis Symon
Mother Angel Symon
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Cleveland, Ohio
Ethnicity White
Profession Chef, Television personality, Author
Net Worth $5 million
Salary $1.5 million annually
Eye Color Dark brown
Face Color White
Married Yes
Married to Shanahan
Children Kyle
Education Culinary Institute of America
Online Presence Facebook,Twitter,Instagram
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Michael Symon is an American chef, restaurateur, television personality, and author. He is best known for his shows such as Iron Chef America, Food Feuds, and The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and Cook like an Iron Chef on the Cooking Channel and many other. Michael is married to his wife Liz Symon and is the father of a son.

Childhood, Education

Symon was born as Michael D. Symon on September 19, 1969, in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. He was raised in North Olmsted, Ohio. He is American and is of Greek, Italian, and East European descent.

Michael attended St. Richard School in North Olmsted and St. Edward High School in Lakewood, later graduating in 1987. In 1990, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. 

Professional Life

Initially, the Ribs on Warren Rd cook, Michael Symon moved to Piccolo Mondo as a chef in 1993. After his engagement with Liz Shanahan (now wife) in February 1997, he opened Lola in Cleveland's trendy Tremont neighborhood.

He then opened his first restaurant named Bohemia in Tremont and after several years of success, they re-opened Lola in downtown Cleveland converting its name to Lolita. On April 15, 2006, Symon opened a third restaurant, Parea, in New York followed by the opening of Roast, a restaurant at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Michigan in autumn 2008.

As of now, Michael has opened restaurants all over America. He owns various restaurants including Lola, Lolita, The B-Spot and also his meat-centric diner Michael Simon’s Roast. After a year of opening Mabel's BBQ on East 4th Street adjacent to Lola, on May 6, 2017, he opened Angeline (named after his mother Angel) at the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Net Worth

As of 2018, with his business ventures, Michael Symon is estimated to have earned the net worth of $5 million while his yearly revenue reaches over $1.5 million. Likewise, as an author, he also adds a good sum to his net worth from his book sells and royalties.

Love Affairs & Relationships

Talking about his personal life, Michael is reported to be a one-woman man. He is free from past affairs. Michael married his wife Liz Shanahan Symon in 1997 and is reported to be living a happy married life though it's been 24 since they are together.

The couple also has a son named Kyle, who is from Liz's previous relationship. Reportedly, Michael convinced Liz for 5 years to go on a date and when he met Liz, their son Kyle was already 3-year-old.

Social Media Profile

Michael Symon, 48, is 5ft 9 inches tall and is active on Instagram and Twitter. He has over 384K followers on Instagram and 706K followers on Twitter.

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Opened First Restaurant


He opened his first restaurant along his wife Liz named Lola and that was in 1997. Lola is the name of his aunt. His first effort became success and it became one of the best restaurants in America.

Born in Ohio, United States

September 19 , 1969

He was born on September 19, 1969 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. He was raised in North Olmsted, Ohio. He is American and is of Greek, Italian, and Eastern European descent. He is five feet and eight inches tall.

Began dating Liz Shanahan


He began dating with Liz Shanahan since 1990.She has one son from her previous marriage. Her son was 3 years old when she met with Symon.  He got married with her after several years of love affairs.

Graduated from Culinary Institute of America


He went to St. Richard School in North Olmsted and St. Edward High School in Lakewood. He graduated in year 1987. Later, he graduated in from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1990. 

Opened Third Restaurant


He opened his third restaurant in New York City and that was in 2006. The name of that restaurant was Parea which means "a group of friends" or "company," in Greek. It was closed in 2007.

Opened Roast


After the closing of Parea in 2007, he opened his new restaurant named Roast and that was in year 2008 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Michigan. It was named as the 2009 Restaurant of the Year by the Detroit Free Press.

His First cook book


He wrote his first cook book collaborated with Ruhlman and that was in 2009. The name of that book is " Michael Symon's Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen". It was released in November 3 of that year.

Won Daytime Emmy Award


He won several prestigious awards till the date. He won Daytime Emmy Award and that was in 2015. He won that award in the category of Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host. He shared that award with his co-hosts on “The Chew”.

Won Best Burger Award


He is very renowned personality of cookery world. He won Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival Best Burger Award for three times till the date. He won that award in 2010, 2011 and in 2012 respectively.

Co-host of The Chew


He became a co-host of popular show "The Chew" on ABC networks and that was in year September 2011. That show is daily talk show focused on food related and life style topics. He won Daytime Emmy Award from that show.

Promotion of Pepsico's Lay's potato chip


He was paired with actress  Eva Longoria for a promotion for Pepsico's Lay's potato chip called "Do Us A Flavor" and that was in 2012 and 2013. The promotion is for to submit ideas and fans vote for their favorite on Facebook.

Net Worth of $5 million


As of 2018, Michael Symon is estimated to be enjoying the net worth of $5 million. His yearly revenue from his business ventures is reported to be $1.5 million.