ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Celebrity chef Michael Symon, co-host of ABC's "The Chew" TV show, will open an Italian restaurant at Atlantic City's Borgata casino next fall.
Symon joins fellow Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Geoffrey Zakarian and legendary chef Wolfgang Puck among the celebrity chefs with eateries at the casino.
"We're excited to bring our Italian cooking to Atlantic City," said Symon, who has award-winning restaurants in Cleveland, Detroit and elsewhere. "This is the food I grew up eating; my Sicilian grandmother would be proud! Authentic Italian is very simple. It's all about great ingredients. It's what I cooked in my early career, and still what I like to make at home."
Symon made his TV debut on the Food Network in 1998 with appearances on "Sara's Secrets" with Sara Moulton; "Ready, Set, Cook," and "Food Nation with Bobby Flay," before hosting over 100 episodes of "The Melting Pot."
In January 2012, his show "Symon's Suppers," premiered on the Cooking Channel, and in September 2011 he joined the cast of "The Chew" as one of the show's five hosts.
"Having the opportunity to partner with such a celebrated chef to join our renowned culinary lineup, and whose personality and spirit embody Borgata was something we could not pass up, and look forward to next fall," said Joe Lupo, the casino's senior vice president.
The name of the restaurant has not yet been determined.
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