Michael SymonContributing writer
Michael Simon is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, and author. He shares his exuberant, approachable cooking style on the Food Network's Iron Chef, and Cooking Channel's "Burgers, Brew & ‘Que." He was also the former co-host on ABC’s "The Chew." Michael is also the author of four best-selling cookbooks.
Since being named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine in 1998, Michael and his restaurants have been awarded numerous honors: in 2000 Gourmet magazine chose Lola as one of “America’s Best Restaurants;” in 2010, Michael was the first chef ever to host the annual Farm Aid benefit concert; Bon Appetit magazine included B Spot on their list of “Top 10 Best New Burger Joints;” B Spot’s Fat Doug burger won the People’s Choice award at the SoBe Wine & Food Festival. In 2009, Michael earned The James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Great Lakes and the Detroit Free Press named Roast “Restaurant of the Year.”