The Cut Of Steak Michael Symon Could Do Without

Steak is king for many beef eaters. It is often defined as a cut that is sliced at a right angle to the muscle fibers. It can bring tears of joy to those eating it once a home chef has mastered how to cook the perfect steak every time. But one of the big challenges is figuring out what cut you prefer. That's because a single cow doubles as a giant meat buffet. It is the source of T-bone, New York strip, ribeye, flank, skirt steaks, and the ever-expensive filet mignon, among other cuts. So there are plenty of options for an avowed carnivore.

Luckily, celebrity chefs like Michael Symon are willing to share their copious knowledge with the amateur cooking world. Symon is a professed meat lover and even penned a cookbook titled "Carnivore: 120 Recipes for Meat Lovers." He reveals that some of his favorite meals have been built around meat, and that definitely includes the beloved steak. But it might be surprising to learn what type of steak makes it onto Symon's grill and what doesn't make the cut.

Symon says no to filet mignon

Michael Symon is not a big fan of filet mignon. Often considered a special cut, filet mignon is a small, boneless piece of meat that comes from the tenderloin of the cow. It's prized for its tender, melt-in-your-mouth quality. However, if you've been to the butcher as of late, you know it also comes with a hefty price tag. But despite its Gucci nature, the Iron Chef is not overly fond of it. He explained to Food Network, "It has no fat; it has no texture." While Symon readily concedes the tenderloin is the most tender steak, he prefers a slab of meat that has some fat and marbling.

If the host of "BBQ USA" is going to cook a steak, he would much rather serve up some ribeyes which can be both tender and flavorful. Not to mention, if you like your steak cooked beyond rare, Symon says the ribeye can hold up to a longer cook time without losing all the juicy, tasty elements you are striving for. What makes the ribeye so delicious? Symon notes the fatty nature of the ribeye makes it the perfect choice for steak lovers who are looking for more flavor. It also doesn't come with the same price tag as the filet mignon, so you may even be able to afford a nice bottle of wine to serve alongside it.