Food Network star Michael Symon is a culinary master with an infectious personality on the screen and off. There are revealing stories, mottos and possessions that no doubt add to the narrative of his food. They include the power of laughter, a leather motorcycle jacket, and amazing words to dress by. We took a turn through Symon's favorite things, turns out there are many layers behind this Iron Chef...
Item I own that gets better with age: My leather motorcycle jacket.
Best vintage buy: I love my old martini shakers and martini glasses.
Place I love to visit that’s rich in history: Marsala in Sicily is one of the most fantastic places I have ever been.
My secret to looking timeless: The power of laughter.
Most powerful photo I’ve ever seen: My now ninety-five-year-old grandfather holding my father when he returned from World War II.
Best souvenir I’m glad I brought back home: My leather messenger bag from Santorini, Greece. I take it everywhere.
Favorite vintage fashion trend: Old school hats; I love a good pork pie and bowler.
Smell that makes me feel most nostalgic: My mom's tomato sauce simmering away on the stove.
What I’m currently coveting: 1939 Harley Knucklehead Bobber
Best advice I’ve ever received: The harder you work, the luckier you get.
Music that always takes me back: Anything by Simon and Garfunkel. It brings me back to my childhood and my dad's old album collection.
Film that I can watch over and over again: The Big Lebowski. It is never not funny.
Favorite family recipe: My mom's pastitsio
Tastiest mom-and-pop shop that’s been feeding me for years: Sokolowskis in Cleveland, Ohio. Over 100 years strong.
Blog I’m currently addicted to: The New Potato
I couldn’t live without: My wife, Liz.
Words to dress by: Whatever you wear, wear it with confidence.