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Next Iron Chef is Cleveland’s Michael Symon

November 12, 2007–The Next Iron Chef is… Michael Symon!

Last night, Symon took home the world’s most coveted culinary title in a head-to-head swordfish battle over fellow finalist John Besh.

Symon was gutsy enough to make a swordfish dessert.

Symon was selected as the winner of the reality contest by existing Iron Chefs Cat Cora, Bobby Flay and Masaharu Morimoto, and also Michael Ruhlman (James Beard Foundation Award-winning author), Andrew Knowlton (Restaurant Editor of Bon Appetit magazine) and Donatella Arpaia (restaurateur and owner of davidburke&donatella and Anthos), who served as judges throughout The Next Iron Chef.

Symon begins his reign as an Iron Chef in a special Thanksgiving-themed episode of Iron Chef America on Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 9 pm ET/PT.
Renowned in the culinary world and adored in his hometown of Cleveland, Symon is the chef and owner at the critically acclaimed Lola and Lolita restaurants. Symon’s pedigree includes being named one of Food & Wine magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs in America (1998), a memorable performance as an Iron Chef contestant (2005), and hosting more than 100 episodes of the Food Network’s series, Melting Pot.

Symon was also nominated for a James Beard Award in 2006 for the Best Chef Great Lakes, and Cleveland Magazine selected Lola as 2007’s Best New Restaurant.
Tune in on Sunday, November 18th at 9 pm ET/PT, as Symon takes on Chef Ricky Moore of Agaria restaurant in Washington, DC, in his first battle as Iron Chef. Will he live up the title?

Watch and see in this special Thanksgiving-themed episode.

I guess Cleveland will be a culinary tourism destination. Maybe Symon will serve his winning swordfish menu for a special dinner.

  1. John Besh made the swordfish dessert. Morimoto said something about wanting a swordfish dessert and – pardon the pun – Besh took the bait.
    It didn’t win the judges over. They wanted it to taste more like swordfish!
    Anyway Symon is a true winner. ICA needed a shot in the arm.
    Rumors are swirlling though that Batali left. Have heard stories that say yes he is gone and then no he’s not. But he was not one of the ICA judges – only FLay, Cora and Morimoto, plus Ruhlman et al.
    Time will tell.

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