The Batali Inquisition: Michael Symon

Cleveland enthusiast and “Chew” co-host talks music, pickles and mom’s lasagna


When is your favorite time of day?

Early morning. 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Where do you sleep best?

On vacation.

What is the best way to recharge your batteries?

A long morning in the garden.

Symon’s “Selfie” at “The Chew”, June 2014

Where is your energy most successfully applied?

At the restaurants.

Where do you waste the most energy?

Social media.

When are you most depleted?

Mid-day.

What is the last thing you ate?

Mario [Batali]’s meatloaf and arugula salad.

When are you hungry?

Breakfast time. I cannot eat enough food in the a.m.

What was the last thing you cooked?

Grilled cheese with bacon and onion jam.

If you were a food, what would you be?

A pickle.

Describe the perfect meal, what and where?

Mom’s house: lasagna, Greek salad, baklava, and strong coffee.

What is your favorite Olympic event?

Wrestling.

What was the last live performance you saw?

Kings of Leon. Unreal show. My favorite current band.

With which artist of all time do you most identify?

Tom Petty.

Who is your favorite literary character?

Bilbo Baggins.

What is your favorite method of travel?

Motorcycle.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Sicily. Especially Marsala — it is so peaceful and authentic.

Where would you live if you could live anywhere?

Cleveland, of course.

What food do you want served at your funeral?

Mom’s lasagna.

What is your favorite luxury?

Golf for pleasure.

Bonus question: What is your favorite sandwich in the world and where can I get it?

Click here for Michael Symon’s answer.