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Michael symon instructional videos | press release | BlueStar

October 1, 2014



Picture2(Reading, PA – October 1, 2014) – Inspiring home cooks to create affordable and delicious food is what Chef Michael Symon loves to do.  This Iron Chef and ebullient co-host of ABC-TV’s The Chew shares tips on how to create favorite recipes from his hit cookbook 5 in 5, in a series of instructional videos sponsored by BlueStar®, manufacturer of restaurant-quality ranges for the home.

Hometown boy turned superstar, Michael Symon is one of today’s hottest food personalities.  Known for making simple-to-prepare, fresh food accessible, he means it when he says that if a dish requires more than two pans to finish, he’s not going to make it.  With harried home cooks in mind, chef Symon developed a simple, easy-to-do formula to help home cooks pull together fresh meals, some of which use a maximum of 5 fresh ingredients that cook in 5 minutes.  Michael’s expert guidance can help home cooks to once and for all solve that classic cooking conundrum: “What’s for dinner?”  Both casual eaters and serious foodies will appreciate the videos’ approach of advanced techniques done quickly.

In this new set of five videos featuring a diverse set of dishes from his newest cookbook, 5 in 5, chef Symon invites you into his newly-renovated Cleveland home kitchen, prepares some fun and tasty dishes and tells you why he chose to cook on a BlueStar® commercial-style gas range at home.

So What’s Cooking?


What Gives Chef Symon’s Home Kitchen Sizzle?

When chef Symon set out to design a pro-style kitchen at home, he ultimately decided to outfit his kitchen with a BlueStar range as, “[it] was the first range I cooked on that had the power of the ranges in my restaurants.  With BlueStar there were so many options to customize a range unit to fit into literally any home design imaginable.”

Symon raves that his favorite features on the range are the impressive 25,000 BTUs, open burners that provide optimal heat distribution for even cooking and the 130° precise simmer burner, ideal for “evenly heating pasta sauces which makes for perfect pasta every time.”  Chef Symon insisted that “I have a French Top on my range at home – this is what I love in my restaurant kitchen – a feature that few residential ranges offer.  The French Top gives you an incredibly consistent heat, and it has different heat zones on it.”  When making his signature Risotto with Bay Scallops he says “I need warm stock when I am making risotto, so I move my pan directly over the rings or the center of the French Top and it has incredibly high heat…the heat will be very even throughout the entire pan, so that I don’t have to worry about one grain of rice being too tough or chewy or the other one being overcooked.”

To accompany the BlueStar® French Top range, Symon chose a Prizer Hoods’ custom-designed hood.  Design and color played a major part in the selection of Symon’s Prizer Hood.  He explained, “It was fun because I had never thought to customize a hood.  Being able to hand select a high-performance hood in a cool color to match our decor was fantastic!”

Each Prizer Hoods’ product is handcrafted with precision on state-of-the-art equipment to ensure consistency and quality.  Built to meet professional standards inside and out, Prizer Hoods combines high-gauge metals and commercial-style baffle filtration systems so anyone can cook like a pro.  High heat sensors provide automatic heat moderation for seamless high heat cooking.  Each hood accommodates top or rear discharge for convenience and accepts a variety of fans to meet the demands of any kitchen.

By combining a powerful, BlueStar commercial-style gas range with the high performance ventilation of Prizer Hoods, Symon created an outstanding system ready for all of his culinary magic at home.

To learn how the pros cook at home – and to pick up a few tasty secrets – come home to Chef Michael Symon and BlueStar®.

About Michael Symon

MICHAEL SYMON is a co-host of ABC’s The Chew, an Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, and the host of Cooking Channel’s Symon’s Suppers and Cook Like an Iron Chef.  He is the chef and co-owner of the acclaimed restaurants Lola and Lolita in Cleveland, Ohio; three B Spot burger restaurants outside Cleveland; and Roast in Detroit, Michigan.  Visit Michael at and follow him on Twitter (@chefsymon).

BlueStar®, Unleash Your Inner Chef™

Handcrafted in Reading, PA since 1880, BlueStar® cooking products are designed for discerning home chefs who demand restaurant-quality results in their own kitchens.  The BlueStar® product line features high-performance gas ranges, cooktops, wall ovens and hoods.  BlueStar’s unique performance features include an open gas burner system that produces up to 25,000 BTUs of cooking power, precise 130 degree simmer burners, and oversized convection ovens with professional-grade infrared broilers.  Available in over 750+ colors and finishes, and with almost infinite configuration possibilities, BlueStar® premium cooking products offer virtually unlimited personalization options.  For more information, visit


About Prizer Hoods

Prizer Hoods®, Design That Performs.  With luxurious and fully customizable designs, in a wide range of metal options, trims and finishes and almost endless color combinations, Prizer Hoods makes the ultimate statement in any kitchen.  Each hood is handcrafted in Reading, PA with precision on state-of-the-art equipment to ensure consistency and quality.  Built to meet professional standards inside and out, Prizer Hoods combines high-gauge metals and commercial-style baffle filtration systems so anyone can cook like a pro.  The collection of professionally inspired home ventilation systems combines world-class design with the latest in professional hood technology.  For more information, visit