This past Friday the 13th, Michael Symon visited his newly opened restaurant, Bar Symon, located at Gate D14 at Washington Dulles International Airport. Passengers and airport employees alike gathered to meet the Iron Chef and have copies of his cookbooks signed, after he flew in from that morning's taping of ABC's television show, The Chew.
Michael Symon is known for hosting The Chew, and regularly appearing on Food Network's shows, Dinner: Impossible, Iron Chef America, and as a judge on The Next Iron Chef. Michael has published a number of cooking books, many of which are available in his restaurants, in addition to major booksellers.
Upon Michael's arrival, he was swarmed by fans looking for a an autograph, and lots of selfies. The man is truly a pro at taking selfies.
Finally, it was time to officially open Bar Symon with a ribbon cutting after a few words.
Next, Michael took to the kitchen and bar to run the new restaurant through its paces.
After a bustling event, I had a very brief portrait session with Michael. With just two minutes before he had to leave to catch his departing flight, I captured a few photos of Michael in front of the newly opened Bar Symon. I lit this portrait with a single strobe through an Fstoppers Flash Disc.
And of course after a long event, Michael stopped to grab a picture with me before heading home for the weekend. What an incredibly friendly man, with an infectious laugh, and a natural talent for great American cuisine!