In the upcoming season of 'The Next Iron Chef,' Michael Symon trades his competitor duties for the judges' table.

Symon, an Iron Chef himself after winning the first season of the series, talked to PopEater about what it's like being on the other side of the show. "It's a little strange," he tells us. "I don't love to judge because I know how hard it is."

The Cleveland-native has also been busy. On top of his 'Iron Chef America' and 'Next Iron Chef' duties, Symon hosts 'Cook Like an Iron Chef' and 'Food Feuds,' which premieres on the Food Network on Oct. 14. Watch Our Interview!