Who is Michael Symon’s wife Liz Shanahan? Wiki-Bio, Career, Children.

Updated: September 16, 2022

Michael Symon may be one of the most renowned names in the culinary world, but he couldn’t have done it without the help of his wife, Liz Shanahan. Michael reached worldwide fame following his appearances on Food Network on shows such as Iron Chef America, Burgers, Brew and ‘Que, Food Feuds, and The Best Thing I Ever Ate, as well as Cook Like an Iron Chef on the Cooking Channel and The Chew on ABC. While Liz has decided to support her husband from the shadows, she continues to be an integral part of his success. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Liz Shanahan.

Early Life:

Liz Shanahan was born on the 30th of March in the late 1960’s. Born and raised in Georgia, USA, Liz has revealed very little about herself and is not a huge fan of the media. Little is known about Liz’s parents, their ancestors, and early life. As far as academia goes, Liz is known to have graduated high school but decided against going to college. From a young age, Liz was interested in cooking and would often spend her free time in the kitchen. 

Liz Shanahan with her husband Michael Symon.
Liz Shanahan with her husband Michael Symon.

Professional Career:

After graduating high school, Liz began hunting for jobs in restaurants and took up several jobs in low ends restaurants. Determined to change her fortune, Liz was searching for a way to climb up the culinary ladder, which was how she met Michael. The pair were working at the same place and began dating soon after. 

In February of 1997, Michael and Liz opened Lola in Cleveland’s trendy Tremont neighborhood. The restaurant received Rave views and was named one of America’s Best Restaurants in Gourmet magazine in its October 2000 issue. In 2005, the pair converted Lola into Lolita and opened a second outlet in downtown Cleveland the next year.

Restaurant and other things:

After the huge success of Lola, the pair continued to orchestrate some of the leading restaurants across the nation. Over the years, Symon and Liz have started several restaurants including, Mabel’s BBQ, Lola, Lolita, Bar Symon, Roast, BSpot, and Angeline. While Symon acted as the face of the restaurant business, Liz helped Symon with business management. While the restaurants have gone on to become some of the bests restaurants around the states, Symon and Liz have kept the business in the family. During their early years, Simon’s father used to do the books of accounts, and his mother and mother-in-law used to answer the phones. 

Personal Life:

Michael Symon is happily married to his wife Liz Shanahan. When the pair first met in the early 90’s, Liz was already married and had a son Kyle. When Michael and Liz first met, Kyle was 2-years old and was a single mom. The pair began dating soon after and tied the knot on the 1st of November, 1998. While this is Liz’s second marriage, she is happy with Michael and claims that the pair have a great friendship. Talking to NY Times, Liz revealed,

 “This is my second marriage, but this is the first time I’ve been able to breathe. Michael is very chill and non-confrontational. When you’re around that, it gives you the ability to trust and gain confidence. We had a great friendship first and that helps because you learn to like the person you’re with. With Michael, I’ve learned I don’t always have to be right. I don’t always have to be first. And to have the confidence to admit when I’m wrong. That’s very beneficial.”


“Failures are part of life and one got to see past them,” and Liz Shanahan is  testament to the very statement. After first failed marriage, Liz indeed found solace in the arm of Michael Symon. The pair have been in conjugal relationship for over 24 years now. Not just a homemaker, Liz have been a big part of his restaurant business. So far, Liz and her husband has no biological children. They share only son Kyle Shanahan which is from Liz’s first marriage.


Kyle is a adult now and moved out of parents care long time ago. More so, Kyle extend the family line with two children of own. It means Liz Shanahan and Michael Symon are grandparents.



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Kyle is a married man, his wife is Krista Shanahan. Kyle and his wife have given birth to two children, first a daughter Emmy, in December 2018, and second child, a boy, Butch born in October 2021. 

Talking about his professional side of life, Kyle has successfully established a business of own. Kyle opened Grindstone Coffee & Donuts in 2016 which sells over 1000 everyday. We can see where he get the inspiration into culinary world, not to mention his step father Michael Symon.

Net Worth:

Liz Shanahan has proved she is not the one to stay at home. More than just a housewife, Liz has been big part of family restaurant business, while she may not be the face, she indeed has helped manage those restaurants over the years. There is no separate account of Liz’s earning or the net worth. As for her husband, Michael Symon has a net worth of $6M as of 2022.

Wiki/Bio facts:

Birth NameLiz Symon
BirthdayMarch 30
Birth PlaceGeorgia, United States of America
HusbandMichael Symon (m.1998)
ChildrenKyle Shanahan
GrandchildrenEmmy Shanahan, Butch Shanahan
ProfessionBusiness Owner, Restaurateur
Net Worth$6M

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