Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa announced the addition of Chef Michael Symon (Lola Bistro, Lolita, Roast) to its fine dining roster. With the anticipated fall 2016 debut of his new Borgata signature restaurant, Symon joins fellow Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Geoffrey Zakarian, as well as legendary chef Wolfgang Puck, in an star-studded culinary lineup.
"We are thrilled to bring Michael Symon to Borgata with the debut of his first Italian restaurant," says Becky Schultz, vice president of food and beverage for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. "Equally famous for his soulful cooking and joyful personality, Chef Symon is recognized among the best in the country and we couldn't be more excited to welcome him into our culinary family."
Growing up with Greek and Sicilian influences, Chef Symon creates boldly flavored, deeply satisfying. Since being named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine in 1998, the Cleveland native has been awarded numerous honors: in 2000, Gourmet chose Lola as one of "America's Best Restaurants." In 2009, The James Beard Foundation awarded Symon with Best Chef: Great Lakes, and in 2010, Bon Appetit included B Spot on their list of "Top 10 Best New Burger Joints."
"We're excited to bring our Italian cooking to Atlantic City. 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 says. "I can't wait to be a part of the Borgata family of restaurants and spend even more time with my fellow Iron Chefs and friends, Bobby Flay and Geoffrey Zakarian."
Committed to introducing diverse, innovative and world-class dining experiences to Atlantic City, Borgata offers a wide array of restaurants and world-renowned chefs under one roof, including Wolfgang Puck (Wolfgang Puck American Grille), Bobby Flay (Bobby Flay Steak), Michael Schulson (Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub), Geoffrey Zakarian (The Water Club hotel at Borgata), and restaurateurs Greg and Marc Sherry (Old Homestead Steak House).