The owner of four different restaurants, Cleveland-born Super-chef Michael Symon has magic in his hands. He shares his cooking skills and experiences through his TV shows for Food Network, The Chew.
Besides, his cooking career, he also is an exceptional author. Not only is he a great cook, he is a lovely companion to his family. So, today let’s discuss the personal life of Michael Symon and Liz Shanahan.
More about Chef Michael Symon’s personal life
46-year-old Symon has been married to Liz Shanahan since quite a long time. When the couple met, Liz was already a mother of a two-year-old son Kyle. Michael is a generous and a kind-hearted man. He never bothered to be considered as a step-father to Kyle and provided him with all the love and support a child requires.
Kyle professionally works as a musician. Michael also supported and assisted Kyle in establishing his own Donut shop. He indeed is a role model. According to Answers, Symon openly and repeatedly mentions his son in his TV shows. He explained:
“When Kyle was young, we (Michael and his wife Liz) used to make sure that we would have our dinner along with Kyle”
— michael symon (@chefsymon) August 8, 2016
James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Michael’s wife Liz put all efforts together to start up with a restaurant named Lola in 1997. Lola is the name of Michael’s aunt – from whom he has always been greatly motivated. In 2005, they changed the restaurant to Lolita and established another to name it to Lola, again!
The duo works for hand in hand to share the burden. Also, his wife acts as a support system to Michael since he has way too many activities under his watch. It can also clearly be seen that there are no such signs of them either splitting or getting divorced anytime soon. Long live the talented pair!
Michael was awarded the prestigious title of Cleveland’s hottest chef by Sunday Magazine in 1995. The most recent award he won was in 2015 – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host for his show The Chew.
Just as everyone has a soft corner, Symon supports children who are autistic in nature. His own nephew and his friend’s children suffer from autism. To show his gratitude and support, Michael donated the cash prize he received from the show, “Chopped: All-Stars” to a charity that out speaks and provides awareness for Autism.
— Autism Speaks Ohio (@AutismSpeaksOH) July 28, 2016
Michael Symon’s Love for Dogs and other interests
Michael is an absolute dog person and owns two dogs, a breed of dog named bullmastiff – Ruby and an Old English dog – Ozzy. Quite interesting names! His Instagram, with more than 220k followers, is filled with pictures of his dogs.
As per Food Network, the multi-talented chef loves to sit around and hang out with his family and his dogs (His dogs are a part of his family too!). Additionally, he has an interest in playing golf. Since he has quite interesting tattoos inked on him, he also takes the time to think about what his next tattoo is going to be!
Symon always dreamed of being a wrestler. He even used to wrestle during his high school days. But unfortunately, he broke his arms before he wanted to work as a professional and then, he started with a job at a restaurant. Imagine Michael as a wrestler! People would not get the opportunity to taste his deliciousness had he been into wrestling.
Quick QnA with Michael Symon
Michael Symon has played quick questions and answers (QnA) session on his website itself.
Favorite Tattoo: Cartoon Devil
FYI: He has a huge tattoo on his chest which says “Got Pork”.
Chocolate or Vanilla: Vanilla
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Recipe: Mom’s Lasagna (That’s so sweet!)