CLEVELAND — Food Network is ready to give America what it wants. More of Michael Symon and more cooking out.
The Network announced on Monday it has fast-tracked the new Chef Symon self-shot outdoor cooking series Symon's Dinners Cooking Out, with the first of three episodes premiering on Sunday, June 7th at 12:30pm ET/PT on Food Network, followed by three additional episodes on Food Network Kitchen app that launch weekly starting Monday, June 22nd.
Food Network President Courtney White is obviously excited about the new show.
"Michael Symon is a unique talent, a skilled chef with a passion for cooking and someone who possesses a warmth audiences gravitate to," White said. "Michael's heartfelt compassion for the changes in daily routines and what everyone was experiencing was the driving force behind his 40-plus daily Symon's Dinners live-cooking classes. The fan reaction was tremendous and we knew we wanted to deliver more of what the audience so clearly wanted and needed."
Almost daily during the COVID-19 crisis, Symon has been treating fans to live cooking classes from his home on Food Network Kitchen's Facebook page while in quarantine. The episodes take place at 5pm each night as Symon shares family recipes and stories using pantry-friendly ingredients, step-by-step cooking instructions, and a reassuring mission and message of 'One day at a time, one dish at a time.'
Symon himself admitted he has been surprised by the outpouring of interest in his self-shot shows.
"When I first discussed doing something to help, leaning in to share some pantry ideas with fans at home and sheltering in place, I had no way of knowing how much I would come to enjoy and rely on the interaction," Symon said. "The community and kindness that was shown to me, the thousands upon thousands of messages, photos and videos people at home were posting nightly, I am beyond happy to be able to now make a show based on something as special as Symon's Dinners."
The episodes have been shot with the help of his wife Liz, social media manager Liv, and frequent appearances by puppy Norman, Symon's Dinners was a hit with over 30 million views to date. Now, just in time for summer, Symon's Dinners Cooking Out will continue that mission, and feature the Food Network star showcasing some of his favorite outdoor meals and cooking techniques, while inviting viewers to cook along as he demonstrates how simple and fun it is to make amazing dishes at home in the backyard.
Over the course of six self-shot episodes from home, Symon will dig into a variety of dishes perfect for cooking outdoors as the summer weather kicks in all across the country. From traditionally grilled foods such as sticky ribs, steak and BBQ chicken, to unconventional entrées like meatball parmesan, chicken and dumplings, and even bananas foster and a tart apple crisp, Symon's passion for cooking is on display as is his desire to help those at home serve up delicious home-cooked dishes for themselves and their families.