“I had jumbo prawns with Romesco sauce,” he says. “I had a meringue torte with pistachios. An egg and chorizo torta with avocado and cilantro, and a smoked meat sandwich and poutine (French fries topped with gravy and cheese curds), and a Montreal bagel with cream cheese, which is a little thinner and more dense than a New York bagel. And then I had a casserole of beef and roasted eggplant and Greek yogurt and tomato sauce and salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes and mint. And then baklava ice cream. I am probably about 6,000 calories in.”
It is 10:15 a.m.
If most people ate like this, they would be enormous. Like so many chefs, though, Symon takes his exercise seriously.
“I work out most days,” he tells Zap2it. “I lift probably four days a week and do cardio three or four days a week, which is why I am in better shape than Bobby.“
Symon teases about pal and fellow chef who does it all — restaurants, TV, and cookbooks — Bobby Flay.
“We are going to Italy together on Friday, with our lovely wives,” Symon says. “We go to markets every day and cook every day. I don’t look for new things. I look to get as close to the classical as I possibly can.”
He does the same at home, which is split between Cleveland and New York.
“We go to the store or market and buy the nicest groceries we can afford every day,” he says. “We make dinner as a group, and that is how my mom raised me and how Lizzie’s mom raised her. It is a great way to bond with your family. ‘The Chew’ has succeeded in getting people cooking and eating together.”
Restaurants: Eight restaurants in Cleveland, one in Detroit and one in Pittsburgh
Birth date: Sept. 19, 1969
Upcoming projects: “The Chew” contributors have a cookbook due Sept. 24. “Michael Symon’s Carnivore: 120 Recipes for Meat” is scheduled for Oct. 12, and later in the year, another cookbook, focusing on his signature “five and five,” five ingredients for under $5, is due.
First dish he made: Baklava, with his mom
TV credits: “Iron Chef America: The Series,” “Rachael Ray,” “Chopped,” “Symon’s Suppers,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “The Next Food Network Star”
Favorite books: ” ‘Devil in the Kitchen’ by Marco Pierre White. ‘No Reservations’ by Anthony Bourdain, an eye-opening book to a lot of people. I love Jonathan Waxman’s ‘Italian My Way.’ “
Favorite movies: “ ‘Se7en’ is my favorite scary movie. My favorite comedy is ‘The Princess Bride’ and favorite movie would probably be ‘The Green Mile.’ “
Favorite music: “I am more of a classic rock (fan). Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and I do like a fair share of ’80s music, Van Halen and Metallica.”