symon on: west side openings, swenson’s, judging next iron chef & why he’s better at cooking than music trivia

Yesterday, a bunch of bloggers from across the country were selected to interview Michael Symon via phone. The process itself was quite fun and I was excited to be included, but also a little weird at the same time. I’d watch him on screen answer my questions, but there was a 5 second delay between the audio and visual. So I’d watch him laugh – that laugh – with a delay which led me to fumble my thoughts a bit an even forget to ask my last question.

Each blogger only got a few minutes. The goal was to promote his two new shows: The Next Iron Chef and Food Feuds. But of course, I wanted to talk about Cleveland. And a little bet we made at a Christmas, er Festivus, party last year. Truthfully, I don’t expect or want him to pay up. Knowing I won a bet and know just a little bit more about his beloved Guns N’ Roses than he does, is tastier than any dish he could whip up. Ok, maybe not, but you get where I’m going with this.

Food Feuds, which decides  once and for all which dish defines a city, premiers October 14. Iron Chef  Symon sought out the  most intense, long-standing culinary rivalries across the country – including right here in our backyard. The Next Iron Chef, where Symon will be a first-time judge (watch his thoughts on this experience here), premieres on October 3. And you can also watch him on The Cooking Channel during Cook like an Iron Chef. On a side note, we ordered this channel just for this show. I think it’s my favorite program of his to date and I really like the set up. I’ve also found several new shows on the channel that I regularly set the DVR to so it’s worth ordering it if you don’t already have.


  1. Posted September 28, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Congrats on being selected and the success of your blog. I love it and have added it to my blogroll. Cleveland Solidarity! Maybe you could check out mine and give me some pointers?
    Stay Cheesy!

  2. Posted September 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    He makes me laugh! Love him!

  3. Posted September 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    His laugh is the best. Love it.

  4. Posted September 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Fun interview… and Michelle, you have a really nice speaking voice! It’s too bad that voices get lost on twitter (real voices, that you hear)…

    Also great that you included your readers questions. Way to engage! :)

  5. Posted September 28, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Hey Michelle-

    Good questions…esp the Browns!

    Congrats for being selected to interview. Keep up the good work!


  6. Chrissy DeVono
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Good interview :) Michael Symon is just such a cool dude, and he deserves all of his success!! sadly I have yet to eat at any of his restaurants :( I definitely need to patronize them!!

    Enjoy the blog and look forward to new posts :)