Michael Symon Headlines Autism Speaks Chef Gala

by in Events, October 11th, 2012

Michael Symon and Morimoto

Michael Symon still feels bad about getting chopped last season on Chopped All-Stars, but not because he’s a sore loser. The Iron Chef was competing for Autism Speaks, and says it still gets to him that he wasn’t able to win $50,000 for this charity that’s near and dear to his heart. “You feel like you’ve let down a greater cause, not just your own well-being,” he says. “It beat me up a little bit.”

Michael got his chance to give back by serving as the host of this year’s Autism Speaks Celebrity Chef Gala, which took place Tuesday in New York. More than 90 chefs from coast-to-coast, including fellow Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Next Iron Chef contender Nate Appleman, descended on Wall Street to cook for this worthy cause.

Autism Speaks Gala

Michael and his fellow chefs helped raise $1.6 million in funding for Autism Speaks’ research and advocacy initiatives. “My best friend and his wife have three boys, two that are on the Autism spectrum, and I have a nephew who is on the spectrum also,” he explains. “They’re fantastic kids, and it’s just shown me that if you build awareness and educate people and yourself, you can help make tremendous strides.”

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  1. Katie says:

    You and other celebrity chefs should be very proud of yourselves. I'm a 33-year-old-female with Asperger's Syndrome who was diagnosed nearly 10 years ago and it was like the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders.I don't see myself as a victim; I see myself as different but I do have challenges navigating through the neurotypical world. I think that the more people know about Asperger's and other issues on the Autism spectrum, the world will be much kinder to us Aspies. We Aspies are passionate about many things. one of my passions is my cooking blog of all the healthy recipe I cook. Come check it out.
    http://www.katieinthekitchenherethere.blogspot.com

  2. Appreciate for the insightful post. I was trying to subscribe to your RSS feed, but I couldn’t seem to get it working with my RSS reader. Is there a problem, or is it just me (I’m a hopeless technophobe!)?

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