Cleveland becomes the talk of 'The Chew' with Patricia Heaton, Michael Symon

Heaton pictures Clevelanders overweight, shoveling

NEW YORK CITY - Cleveland was the talk of the town Wednesday, on ABC's new show "The Chew." From our ballpark to our food, some well-known Northeast Ohio natives gave major props to our city, as well as a few jabs.

It's no secret, "Chew" co-host Michael Symon grew up in North Olmsted. He's an award-winning Iron Chef, who now owns several successful area restaurants.

On Wednesday's show, Symon showed viewers how to cook up a Cleveland classic, known as the Polish Boy sandwich. It is made of kielbasa on a hot dog bun, topped with slaw, french fries and ShaSha sauce.

"It's the king of ballpark food, tailgate food. It can't be beat," said Symon.

The theme of the show was "World Series of Food." The hosts credited Progressive Field with having some of the cheapest beer prices, compared to other ballparks across the country.

"If you're a Cleveland Indians fan, you're psyched, because beer there will only cost you about $4.50," said co-host Clinton Kelly. Boston Red Sox fans pay $7.25.

The guest on the show was Bay Village native Patricia Heaton, who stars in "The Middle."

Between Heaton and Symon, they mentioned the word Cleveland about 20 times. They also snuck in a few familiar phrases, such as "The Plain Dealer," The West Side Market, Terminal Tower, Hot Sauce Williams and Stadium Mustard.

Heaton may have offended some Clevelanders though. Near the end of her appearance, she cracked a few jokes, while watching Symon make french fries.

"I like all the lard and the oil. It's very Cleveland. People from Cleveland try to get to a heart attack as soon as possible, just to get them out of Cleveland." She continued with, "My favorite image of people in Cleveland is an overweight person shoveling snow with a cigarette in their mouth."

Heaton may have scored a few points with one local business however. Co-host Daphne Oz asked her about her favorite place to visit in Cleveland. Heaton's said, "Malley's Chocolates."

"The Chew" airs weekdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on NewsChannel5. "The Middle" airs on Wednesday's at 8 p.m. on NewsChannel5.

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