Chef Michael Symon shares tips to cook like a pro

Tue Jul 27, 2010 6:02am EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Chef Michael Symon says home cooks can make the same sophisticated dishes he creates on the reality television competition "Iron Chef America."

In his new show, "Cook Like an Iron Chef," Symon, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, shows viewers how to prepare dishes centered on one ingredient, which is the basis of the show.

The 41-year-old award-winning chef, who co-owns five restaurants in Michigan and Ohio, including Lola and Lolita, spoke to Reuters about elevating home cooking, the importance of using good ingredients and introducing a new generation about the importance of food.

Q: What will home cooks learn from your show?

A: "We are cooking in real time. It's a true process. The way I look at it is that people who have been watching the Food Network for the past 15 years and have learned all the basics of cooking and are looking to take their next steps and take things up the next level."

Q: But a home cook doesn't have sous chefs to help him or her like you do on "Iron Chef America."

A: "On 'Iron Chef,' you have two sous chefs helping you, but at home you are typically not cooking a five-course dinner either. Where it works very well for the home cook is that there are the dishes that taste great, cooked at a high level and are proud to be served in any of my restaurants, but you can make them in a pretty quick time."

Q: How will you inspire the viewers to be Iron Chefs?   Continued...