*Presenting a Greek feast
Renowned in the culinary world and adored in his hometown of Cleveland, Michael Symon is the chef and owner of critically acclaimed Lola and Lolita restaurants in Cleveland, Ohio. Michael's pedigree started upon graduating from The Culinary Institute of America in New York in 1990. Michael quickly began revitalizing the Cleveland palate, while practicing in some of Cleveland's up and coming restaurants, such as Player's, Picolo Mondo, Giavanni's and The Caxton Café. In these venues, he found success as well as a loyal following and fan base.
In 1997, Michael opened his own restaurant Lola, collaborating with his future wife, Liz. Lola opened just west of downtown Cleveland in the community of Historic Tremont, receiving glowing reviews. To compliment Michael's menu, Liz brought an unpretentious elegance to both the design of the restaurant and unique wine selection from lesser-known boutique vineyards that made Lola Cleveland's destination of the year. In 2005 Michael and Liz gave birth to a new concept for the Lola Space so they could open Lolita. They once again revitalized a new section of Cleveland with the re-opening of Lola in the heart of downtown Cleveland on E. 4th St. in 2006, becoming once again, the cornerstone and darling of the Cleveland dining scene.
Michael has earned much attention through the years for his thoughtful cooking style and his attention to detail. He was named National Rising Star by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine (May 1997 issue), he was named one of the top Ten Best New Chefs by Food and Wine Magazine (July 1998 issue), America's Best Restaurants in Gourmet Magazine (Oct. 2000 issue), featured in Michael Ruhlman's book The Soul of a Chef (2000), nominated for several awards by The James Beard Foundation (2000-2007) as well as appearances on Local channel WKYC on Mondays with Michael and I-Village Live on NBC, he has hosted over 100 episodes of The Melting Pot on Food Network in addition to appearing on Sara's Secrets with Sara Moulton, Ready, Set, Cook, Food Nation with Bobby Flay and an Iron Chef America competition vs. Morimoto (2005). With two of his most recent achievements, becoming an Iron Chef and the host of Dinner: Impossible we are certain there are more great things on his horizon.
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