Michael Symon, Jillian Michaels, Kayla Itsines, Debbie Matenopoulos, Gia Carides

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This month we highlight five Greeks who were featured in the 2015 and 2016 editions of “5 Greeks You Should Know About” to update you on their “latest and greatest” projects and news.


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Michael Symon: 2007’s Iron Chef Winner Michael Symon keeps busy between his multiple restaurants and co-hosting The Chew on ABC. Most recently, he was on Iron Chef Gauntlet on Food Network. The series followed seven chefs battling each other, but the catch is… whoever makes it out of those seven, had to then battle three “Iron Chefs” in a “gauntlet.” Upon beating all three of the Iron Chefs, only then would they be proclaimed the winner and an Iron Chef too. Thus, Symon participated in the series as one of the three Iron Chefs in the Gauntlet. In April, he was also on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay. The Chew airs on ABC, weekdays, check your local listing for airtimes. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @chefsymon


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Jillian Michaels: Fitness guru, Jillian Michaels, premiered her reality television show in 2016 Just Jillian on the E! network. This year Michaels has partnered with the Stand Up 2 Cancer Foundation and will be holding a Work-Out/Hang-Out session July 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets will benefit Stand Up 2 Cancer. To take part, visit: crowdrise.com/jillianmichaelstrainLA Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @jillianmichaels


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Kayla Itsines: At just 25 years old, Kayla Itsines was named as Forbes #1 Fitness Influencer! The list came out in April and highlights her accomplishments and success story. Based in Australia, she has become world-renowned, inspiring many. Itsines has also mastered connecting with fans and followers via online platforms. Her website is chalk full of information; including a news-board that almost daily, posts updates, new exercises, new recipes, transformations, and so on. Head to kaylaitsines.com/blogs/news Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @kayla_itsines


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Debbie Matenopoulos: Whether it was MTV, The View, or The Insider, viewers know Debbie Matenopoulos as a successful television host/correspondent. But did you know she also penned a cookbook? 2014 saw the release of It’s All Greek to Me; its headline reading: “Transform Your Health the Mediterranean Way with My Family’s Century Old Recipes” (available on com). Currently, Matenopoulous is featured on the Hallmark channel’s Home & Family as a Lifestyle expert. Catch the program on weekdays; check your local listings for its air time. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @iamdebbiem


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Gia Carides: HBO’s huge success of Big Little Lies was a limited series that featured a stellar cast with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott, Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern, and many more. Gia Carides, best known as Cousin Nikki from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, played a role in Big Little Lies as a witness, with multiple scenes through the season. Carides also appeared on the reboot of Twin Peaks this year as well.


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