The Lowdown: Stephen “Steak” Shapiro
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The Lowdown: Stephen “Steak” Shapiro

Shapiro is a larger than life local and national personality with shows on the Food Network and is a frequent contributor to CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and MSNBC.

After 35 years with the Atlanta newspapers, Marcia currently serves as Retail VP for the Buckhead Business Association, where she delivers news and trends (laced with a little gossip).

Shapiro is a larger than life local and national personality with shows on the Food Network (Food Truck Face Off and Best. Ever.), and is a frequent contributor to CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and MSNBC. He hosts TV’s Atlanta Eats’ “Dish Worth the Drive,” and the No. 1 sports talk show in the city, “The Front Row,” on Sports Radio 680 The Fan.

Along with being the longest running radio and TV host in the city, he was CEO and founder of two of Atlanta’s most popular media companies. Steak built Big League Broadcasting, serving as president, chief marketing officer, and morning drive talent at ESPN 790 The Zone. He sold his company to Lincoln Financial Media.

In 2013, Steak founded Bread n Butter LLC, which developed award-winning local and regional television programs, creating state-of-the-art video content for national and local companies (Anheuser-Busch, Kia, Las Vegas Sands) and building a robust distribution network connecting brands to consumers.

And how did he get that unusual moniker?

Thirty years ago, Boston sports talk host Eddie Andelman gave a 20-year-old intern the name “Steak” after a menu item at a steakhouse in Minneapolis that he liked. It stuck. And it still works, given Steak’s love for vittles!

Get to know him better right here.

What advice would you give a 20-year-old Steak? Take it down a notch.

My ideal meal is … Half of a pizza and half of a meatball sub.

My worst habit is … Not taking a deep breath to appreciate what I have.

I’ll never do this again … The list is too vast.

Last time I was moved to tears … Sitting around the table with my kids at my mom’s 80th birthday.

Last time I danced … On Instagram. I’ll do anything to promote my brand.

My biggest pet peeve is … People being rude to servers and valet staff.

I am currently reading … The Hollywood Reporter.

My secret guilty pleasure is … Broadway musicals.

My wife would say my fashion disasters are … Wearing things that should have long ago been at the dry cleaners.

Biggest anxiety … The amount of TV shows on my “must watch” list I know I can never get to.

Most proud of … Being an  ambassador to the city I love: Atlanta, Georgia.

Greatest fear … Screwing up the Chinese food order for family and friends.   

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