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Bobby Flay’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be unveiled in a ceremony on June 2
Do you think Flay should have been the first chef on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
Step aside, Hollywood: The Food Network has entered the building. Iron Chef Bobby Flay, host of a mind-boggling number of Food Network shows, will receive an honorary star on the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard this June 2. This honor comes despite the fact that Flay has only been involved with cooking and food competition shows, like Iron Chef, Beat Bobby Flay, and Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, unless you count his brief appearances on Entourage, Law and Order, and Eddie's Million Dollar Cookoff.
President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Leron Gubler will host the ceremony, which will also feature guest speeches by chef Michael Symon; Brook Johnson, president of the Food Network; and Flay’s daughter, Sophie Flay. Although Flay does not have a restaurant in Hollywood or Los Angeles, his star will live forever in the City of Angels in front of 6141 Hollywood Boulevard.
"We are thrilled to honor our very first culinary star on our fabled Walk of Fame,” Gubler said in a press release. “Bobby Flay has entertained the masses with his culinary expertise and has opened the eyes of food lovers everywhere."
But the honor does not come without criticism. An LA Weekly editorial gave a list of chefs that they believed should have gotten the star before him, including Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, and Julia Child.
Bobby Flay Honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame as Plane Flies 'Cheater' Banner Overhead
Bobby Flay had a lot to celebrate on Tuesday – he was the first chef to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
But a prank threatened to put a damper on the day: A banner with the word 𠇌HEATER” flew in the sky over Flay’s head, though the grill master didn’t seem to see it.
The ceremony marked Flay’s first public appearance since he filed for divorce from wife Stephanie March in April. The former couple – whose split quickly turned contentious, with allegations that Flay cheated on the Law & Order: SVU actress – tied the knot 10 years ago after dating for four years. It is Flay’s third divorce.
Flay, 50, was joined by his mom Dorothy, along with his 19-year-old daughter Sophie – who said a few sweet words about her dad’s achievement – as well as his ex-wife, Sophie’s mom Kate Connelly. The Chew co-host Michael Symon and the Food Network president Brooke Johnson were also on hand to give speeches.
“I just want to make sure that everybody understands – because I know there’s been a little confusion – I am not getting this star for my cameos in Entourage,” Flay joked. “I know there’s a little debate about that, but honestly, to be the first chef to get a star is really, truly an amazing milestone.”
RELATED VIDEO: Bobby Flay Lets His Daughter Handle the Baking
And the Food Network star couldn t help but share his accomplishment with his daughter. “I need to dedicate this truly honorable moment to the most important person in my life, my daughter Sophie,” he said.
He added, “I look forward to watching you build your own star – the star of life, passion and happiness, because really what more can we ask for? Love, Dad.”
Flay was born on December 10, 1964, in New York City  to Bill and Dorothy Barbara (McGuirk) Flay.   He was raised on the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.  He is a fourth generation Irish American and was raised Catholic, attending denominational schools. 
At age 8, Flay asked for an Easy-Bake Oven for Christmas. His father thought that a G.I. Joe would be more gender-appropriate. Despite his father's objections, he received them both.  
Flay dropped out of high school at age 17.  He has said his first jobs in the restaurant industry were at a pizza parlor and Baskin-Robbins.  He then took a position making salads at Joe Allen Restaurant in Manhattan's Theater District, where his father was a partner.   The proprietor, Joe Allen, was impressed by Flay's natural ability and agreed to pay his partner's son's tuition at the French Culinary Institute. 
Flay received a degree in culinary arts and was a member of the first graduating class of the French Culinary Institute in 1984. After culinary school, he started working as a sous-chef, quickly learning the culinary arts. At the Brighton Grill on Third Avenue, Flay was handed the executive chef's position after a week when the executive chef was fired. Flay quit when he realized he was not ready to run a kitchen. He took a position as a chef working for restaurateur Jonathan Waxman at Bud and Jams. Waxman introduced Flay to southwestern and Cajun cuisine, which came to define his culinary career. 
After working for a short time on the floor at the American Stock Exchange, Flay returned to the kitchen as the executive chef at Miracle Grill in the East Village, where he worked from 1988 to 1990.  He caught the attention of restaurateur Jerome Kretchmer, who was looking for a southwestern-style chef. Impressed by Flay's food, Kretchmer offered him the position of executive chef at Mesa Grill, which opened on January 15, 1991. Shortly after, he became a partner. In November 1993, Flay partnered with Laurence Kretchmer to open Bolo Bar & Restaurant   in the Flatiron District, just a few blocks away from Mesa Grill.
Flay opened a second Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2004, and in 2005 he opened Bar Americain, an American Brasserie, in Midtown Manhattan.  He continued to expand his restaurants by opening Bobby Flay Steak in the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This was followed by a third Mesa Grill in the Bahamas, located in The Cove at Atlantis Paradise Island, which opened on March 28, 2007.  The Las Vegas Mesa Grill earned Flay his only Michelin Star in 2008, which was taken away in the 2009 edition. Michelin did not publish a 2010 or 2011 Las Vegas edition, so the star could not be re-earned.
Bolo Bar & Restaurant closed its doors on December 31, 2007, to make way for a condominium. 
Aside from his restaurants and television shows, Flay has been a master instructor and visiting chef at the French Culinary Institute.   Although he is not currently teaching classes, he occasionally visits when his schedule permits. 
Flay established the Bobby Flay Scholarship in 2003. This full scholarship to the French Culinary Institute is awarded annually to a student in the Long Island City Culinary Arts Program. Flay personally helps select the awardee each year.  
Flay opened Bobby's Burger Palace (BBP) in Lake Grove, Long Island on July 15, 2008. The restaurant is located at the Smith Haven Mall.  A second location opened on December 5, 2008 at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown, New Jersey,  and a third location opened March 31, 2009 in The Outlets at Bergen Town Center in Paramus, New Jersey.  His fourth shop opened at the Mohegan Sun Casino in southeast Connecticut on July 1, 2009,  which is also the location of his second Bar Americain, which opened on November 18, 2009.  His fifth location of the burger chain opened in Philadelphia's University City on April 6, 2010. The sixth location of Bobby's Burger Palace opened in Washington, D.C., at 2121 K Street in Northwest on August 16, 2011.  On December 5, 2011, Flay opened the ninth location of Bobby's Burger Palace in Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, New York.  Flay opened the tenth and largest Bobby's Burger Palace site at Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland, on June 7, 2012.  Bobby's Burger Palace also has an 11th location, in College Park, Maryland.  In total, BBP has nineteen locations in eleven states and the District of Columbia.
The original Mesa Grill in New York closed in September 2013 following a proposed rent increase by the landlord. 
As of September 2019, Flay has an estimated net worth of $30 million. 
Great Chefs Edit
Flay has been featured in several episodes of Great Chefs television including:
- Great Chefs – Great Cities
- Mexican Madness DVD
- Great Chefs Cook American
Food Network Edit
Flay has hosted sixteen cooking shows and specials on Food Network and Cooking Channel:
- Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay (no longer airing) 
- Grillin' & Chillin' (no longer airing) 
- Food Nation (no longer airing)
- 3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay (no longer airing) 
- Boy Meets Grill (2002–11)
- BBQ with Bobby Flay (2004–07)
- Throwdown! with Bobby Flay (2006–10)
- Grill It! with Bobby Flay
- Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction (summer/fall, 2011–2014)
- The Best Thing I Ever Ate (premiered June 2009)
- Brunch @ Bobby's (2010–2017)
- Worst Cooks in America (seasons 3–5)
- The Main Ingredient with Bobby Flay
- Bobby's Dinner Battle (premiered January 16, 2013)
- Beat Bobby Flay (premiered August 24, 2013)
- The Bobby And Damaris Show (premiered September 3, 2017)
Flay served as a judge on Wickedly Perfect, The Next Food Network Star, and The Next Iron Chef.  He has cooked on Emeril Live and Paula's Party. 
Throwdown! with Bobby Flay Edit
On Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, the chef challenges cooks renowned for a specific dish or type of cooking to a cook-off of their signature dish. On Episode 5 of Season 4, Harlem chef Melba Wilson and Bobby squared off over who had the best chicken and eggnog waffles. While being interviewed on "Conversations with Allan Wolper" on WGBO 88.3FM, Wilson confessed that she had been nervous because Bobby brought a cast-iron skillet. Having grown up in a family that used cast-iron skillets, Wilson was nonetheless forced to use a deep fryer because her restaurant was too small for a cast-iron skillet. Towards the end of the anecdote, she explained, "Can I tell you? When he pulled out the skillet, it was a rough day. Girlfriend started sweating bullets. But at the end of the day, we threw down – I don't know, I think it was the eggnog – and I won." 
Iron Chef Edit
Flay was an Iron Chef on the show Iron Chef America. In 2000, when the original Iron Chef show traveled to New York for a special battle, he challenged Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to battle rock crab. After the hour battle ended, Flay stood on top of his cutting board and raised his arms in what one journalist wrote was "in premature victory". As Morimoto felt that real chefs consider cutting boards and knives as sacred, and being offended by Flay's flamboyant gesture, he criticized his professionalism, saying that Flay was "not a chef". Flay went on to lose the battle.  Flay challenged Morimoto to a rematch in Morimoto's native Japan. This time, Flay won. 
Flay and Morimoto, both Iron Chefs on Iron Chef America teamed – took on and won – against fellow Iron Chefs Mario Batali and Hiroyuki Sakai in the Iron Chef America: Battle of the Masters "Tag Team" battle. [ citation needed ]
On a special episode of Iron Chef America originally airing on November 12, 2006, Flay and Giada De Laurentiis faced off against, and were defeated by, Batali and Rachael Ray. This was the highest rated show ever broadcast on Food Network. 
Flay and Michael Symon defeated the team of Iron Chefs Cat Cora and Masaharu Morimoto in a special episode titled "Thanksgiving Showdown," which originally aired on November 16, 2008. 
On November 29, 2009, Iron Chefs Morimoto and Flay faced off one-on-one again in Battle Egg Nog. The battle, which featured ice-carvers, was won by Morimoto by a single point. [ citation needed ]
In an episode recorded in July 2010 and broadcast in March 2011, Montreal cooking show host Chuck Hughes beat Flay to become the youngest Canadian champ. In an interview afterward, Hughes recalled, "When I met him I said, 'Hi Bobby,' and my voice cracked a bit and I gave him an official [Montreal] Canadiens jersey, to which he replied, 'Thank you so much — but it's not going to help.'" 
Beat Bobby Flay Edit
This half-hour series pits select chefs against host Flay to see if they can create dishes that are better than his. As Flay's most successful series on Food Network the prior season, episode 5 of season 17, featuring Debbie Gibson and Katie Lee, was chosen as the 2018 lead-out show for season 14 of Food Network Star. [ citation needed ]
- Bobby's Vegas Gamble — Covers the opening of Mesa Grill Las Vegas. 
- Restaurant Revamp — Flay tries to help a family restaurant. 
- Chefography: Bobby Flay — Biography of Flay's life and career. 
- Tasting Ireland — Flay takes a food tour of Ireland, his ancestral homeland. 
- Food Network Awards — The Food Network recognizes people and places that have impacted the food world. 
- All-Star Grill Fest: South Beach — Flay joins Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown, and Tyler Florence for a barbecue. 
Other cooking shows Edit
In 1996, Flay hosted The Main Ingredient with Bobby Flay on Lifetime Television. Twice a month, he hosts a cooking segment on CBS' The Early Show.  He hosted the reality television show America's Next Great Restaurant on NBC from March 2011 to May 2011 in which in the end he picks one restaurant team with whom to open a restaurant.  The reality show was canceled after the first season due to low ratings.
Other television and film appearances Edit
Flay had a cameo appearance in the Disney Channel original movie Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off as the host of the cook-off. He appeared on the television game show Pyramid with fellow Iron Chef Mario Batali as the guest celebrities in an episode originally airing on November 18, 2003. He appeared as a judge on the CBS television show "Wickedly Perfect" during the 2004–05 season.
He also appeared in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Design", which originally aired on September 22, 2005. He had a small role as himself in the 2006 film East Broadway, in which his wife, Stephanie March, had a larger role.
Jeopardy! featured a special "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" category during the March 12, 2008, episode, in which each of the clues featured Flay.  He participated in the 2008 Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game played at Yankee Stadium after the 2008 MLB All Star Game Flay played for the National League. Flay is also mentioned in the movie Step Brothers in the "derek comes for dinner" scene.
In 2010, Flay was impersonated in the South Park cartoon episode Crème Fraiche. In 2011, Flay had recurring appearances in the final season of Entourage as the boyfriend of Ari Gold's wife. In 2012, Flay appeared on Portlandia, in a director's cut of the episode Brunch Village. He showed director Jonathan Krisel how to make the perfect marionberry pancakes. [ citation needed ] Flay guest stars as himself on season two of the TV series Younger, which initially aired in 2016. 
In 2018, he appeared as Fred Jones' uncle in the animated film Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost. 
Sirius XM Radio Edit
Flay hosted a weekly call-in show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.  He offered advice to men on "everything from sports to current issues", although food was the focus. 
Flay has authored several cookbooks, including:
- Bobby Flay's Bold American Food (Warner Books, May 31, 1994) – ISBN978-0-4465-1724-9
- Bobby Flay's From My Kitchen to Your Table (Clarkson Potter, March 31, 1998) – 978-0-517-70729-6
- Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill (Hyperion, May 19, 1999) – 978-0-7868-6490-4
- Bobby Flay Cooks American (Hyperion, September 30, 2001) – 978-0-7868-6714-1
- Bobby Flay's Boy Gets Grill (Scribner, May 18, 2004) – 978-0-7432-5481-6
- Bobby Flay's Grilling For Life (Scribner, May 3, 2005) – 978-0-7432-7272-8
- Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, October 16, 2007) – 978-0-3073-5141-8
- Bobby Flay's Grill It! (Clarkson Potter, April 18, 2008) – 978-0-3073-5142-5
- Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries and Shakes (Clarkson Potter, April 11, 2009) – 978-0-3074-6063-9
- Bobby Flay's Bar Americain Cookbook: Celebrate America's Great Flavors (Clarkson Potter, September 20, 2011) – 978-0-307-46138-4
- Bobby Flay's Throwdown (Clarkson Potter, October 12, 2012) – 978-0-3077-1916-4
- Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction (Clarkson Potter, April 23, 2013) – 978-0-3074-6139-1
- Bobby Flay Fit: 200 Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle (Co-authors: Stephanie Banyas and Sally Jackson Publisher - Clarkson Potter, December 05, 2017) - 978-0-3853-4593-4
- Bobby at Home: Fearless Flavors from My Kitchen (Clarkson Potter, September 24, 2019) – 978-0-3853-4591-0
Flay has a personal interest in Thoroughbred horse racing. He is the owner of more than one graded stakes race winner, including More Than Real, who won the prestigious 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and part owner of Creator, who won the third jewel of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. He serves on the Breeders' Cup board of directors.  He was a candidate for chairman in 2014, but was not elected. 
Flay married Debra Ponzek, also a chef, on May 11, 1991.  Flay and Ponzek divorced in 1993, and Flay married his second wife, Kate Connelly, in 1995.  They have a daughter named Sophie.  Flay and Connelly separated in 1998,  and later divorced. Flay married actress Stephanie March, on February 20, 2005.  According to media reports, March and Flay separated in March 2015  and their divorce was finalized on July 17, 2015.  Flay dated Heléne Yorke from February 2016 to early 2019.  
Bobby Flay to Become First Cheff to Earn Star on Walk of Fame
Bobby Flay will receive the 2,553rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, the first chef to be so honored.
Flay's fellow "Iron Chef" Michael Symon, Food Network and Cooking Channel President Brooke Johnson and Flay's daughter Sophie will join him in speaking in the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of Eastown Apartments on Hollywood Boulevard.
The ceremony comes five days before the start of the 11th season of the search for the next great television food personality, "Food Network Star," which Flay co-hosts.
Flay first appeared on Food Network in 1994. His series have included "Grillin' & Chillin,"' "Hot Off the Grill," "Boy Meets Grill," "Throwdown With Bobby Flay," "Beat Bobby Flay," "Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction," "Guilty Pleasures," "Iron Chef America" and "Brunch @ Bobby's."
Flay began his cooking career when he was 17 years old as a cook at New York's famed Theatre District restaurant, Joe Allen's, in a job arranged by his father, a partner in the restaurant. After a short time, Joe Allen himself became so impressed by Flay's talents that he paid his tuition to the French Culinary Institute.
Flay went on to be a chef at several restaurants. He is the executive chef and owner of Bar Americain in New York City and Connecticut, Gato in New York City, Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City, the Mesa Grill in Las Vegas and the Bahamas and the Bobby's Burger Palace chain.
Bringing the Heat to Hollywood: Bobby Flay to Receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
On Food Network Star, premiering Sunday, June 7 at 9|8c, Bobby Flay and fellow mentor Giada De Laurentiis are on a mission to discover budding talent. But tomorrow it will be Bobby who's recognized for superstardom, when he's honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The first chef ever and the first Food Network personality ever to receive a star, Bobby has been in the culinary industry since he was just 17 years old, and his first appearance on Food Network was more than 20 years ago. The host of Food Network's Bobby's Barbecue Addiction and Beat Bobby Flay, the co-host of Food Network Star, and an acclaimed Iron Chef, Bobby's no stranger to awards and achievements. The Walk of Fame star comes after several of his programs have earned Emmy Awards and James Beard Awards, both prestigious industry accomplishments, and he's also at the helm of multiple restaurants from coast to coast.
At a ceremony tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2, Bobby will celebrate the dedication of his star, the 2,553rd star on the Walk of Fame, during a ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. The festivities kick off at 11:30 a.m. PST (2:30 p.m. EST), and he'll be joined by his close friend and fellow Iron Chef Michael Symon, as well as Brooke Johnson, the president of Food Network both are set to speak about Bobby as the star is dedicated to him.
Want to join in on the excitement? Fans in the Los Angeles area are invited to drop by for a firsthand take in the merriment (see address details below), but if you're not local, you can still see what's going down by watching online. There will be live-streaming coverage of the event taking place tomorrow — just click here to watch.
Bobby Flay married and divorced multiple times
Bobby Flay is clearly a multitalented guy, yet one thing the thrice-divorced celebrity chef has yet to master is marriage. Flay's first union to fellow chef Debra Ponzek was short-lived they married in 1991 and divorced in 1993. Flay subsequently met Food Network host Kate Connelly when he appeared on the show Robin Leach Talking Food, reported The New York Times. They wed in 1995 welcomed daughter Sophie in 1996 before splitting up in 1998.
Flay found love again with actress Stephanie March, best known for her role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The couple wed in 2005, but sadly, the longest of Flay's three marriages came to a screeching halt in 2015, when TMZ reported they had separated.
The divorce proved to be a nasty one. In court documents obtained by In Touch Weekly, March accused Flay of cheating on her with three different women, including his assistant Elyse Tirrell and Mad Men actress January Jones. At the time, Flay refused to comment to the media, with his rep telling Us Weekly he would "continue to refrain from responding to the continued efforts by certain parties to spread rumors and innuendo." In July 2015, the exes issued a statement to Us Weekly announcing they had "come to an amicable divorce settlement."
WHO: Honoree-Bobby Flay
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
Guest speakers: Emmy Award-winning co-host of The Chew and fellow Iron Chef Michael Symon Brooke Johnson, President of Food Network & Cooking Channel and his daughter Sophie Flay
WHAT: Dedication of the 2553rd star on the Walk of Fame in the category of Television
WHERE: 6141 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the new Eastown Apartments
WHEN: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. PDT
Helping emcee and to unveil the star will be Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler and guest speakers Iron Chef Michael Symon, President of Food Network & Cooking Channel, Brooke Johnson and daughter Sophie Flay. “We are thrilled to honor our very first culinary star on our fabled Walk of Fame,” stated Leron Gubler. “Bobby Flay has entertained the masses with his culinary expertise and has opened the eyes of food lovers everywhere.”
A native of New York City, Bobby Flay has come a long way in both the entertainment and restaurant industry since he discovered his culinary identity at the age of 17.
From his first appearance on Food Network in 1994, Flay has been a continued presence hosting programs which are both entertaining and informative, bringing cooking tips and information on American regional fare to a national audience. Flay’s show, Grillin’ & Chillin’, premiered in 1996, followed by Hot Off the Grill and Emmy award-winner Boy Meets Grill, as well as his hit series, Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Currently, the chef and culinary superstar can be seen in his most recent primetime hit series, Beat Bobby Flay, as well as his daytime Emmy award-winning Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction. And on June 7 th , he returns as co-host for season eleven of Food Network Star, where along with Giada De Laurentiis and Food Network execs, Flay will be looking for the next great television food personality. He can also be seen alongside many familiar Food Network faces in the new series Guilty Pleasures, reigning supreme in Kitchen Stadium as one of the original US Iron Chefs in Iron Chef America on Food Network, as well as Brunch @ Bobby’s, on both Food Network and sister network Cooking Channel. As if that weren’t enough, Flay is also a staple on numerous seasonal and holiday specials, including his most recent Emmy award-nominated, Thanksgiving at Bobby’s.
Flay’s shows have not only received several Emmy® awards and nominations, but also James Beard Foundation Awards and nominations as well as a People’s Choice Award nomination. In addition to his on-camera roles, Flay is a talented producer through his Rock Shrimp Productions banner, which is currently producing Beat Bobby Flay and Brunch @ Bobby’s and has previously delivered popular series 5 Ingredient Fix, Alex’s Day Off, Kelsey’s Essentials, Mexican Made Easy and Sandwich King. Flay also created Bobby Flay Fit, his first lifestyle series for FoodNetwork.com.
In addition to his extensive body of work on Food Network and Cooking Channel, Flay has also lent his culinary expertise to numerous talk shows and morning shows including CBS This Morning and the Today Show, sharing delicious recipes which he demonstrates with ease, making them accessible and achievable for a national audience. Flay also expanded his small screen credits out of the kitchen to include a star turn as himself on the HBO series Entourage.
Flay works tirelessly to challenge the way Americans view and taste food – making it bold, zesty and always fun. He continues to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for food through his cookbooks and cooking programs. Bobby’s thirteenth cookbook “Brunch @ Bobby’s” (Clarkson Potter) will hit bookstores in Fall 2015.
At the very young age of 17, Flay started working as a cook at the famed Theatre District haunt, Joe Allen’s. The job had been arranged by his father, who was a partner in the restaurant. After a short time, Joe Allen himself became so impressed by Flay’s talents that he paid the young cook’s tuition to the French Culinary Institute.
Following his graduation in 1984, Flay worked with restaurateur/owner Jonathan Waxman at Buds and Jams, where he first discovered the sweet-heat of Southwestern ingredients. It was at these burgeoning restaurants that Flay met other icons of the era – Wolfgang Puck, Jeremiah Tower – who he credits with spawning an entire generation of chefs. After Jams, Flay debuted as Executive Chef at the East Village’s Miracle Grill where he caught the attention of restaurateur Jerome Kretchmer. Kretchmer offered the 25-year old the opportunity to create his own sensation at Mesa Grill, which opened in 1991.
Two years later, Flay teamed with businessman Laurence Kretchmer to open Bolo in November 1993. During Bolo’s reign, Flay drew inspiration from the bravado and complexities of Spanish food, deftly blending the unique flavors of Spain with more familiar American ingredients. A decade later, Bolo was awarded a rare three stars by The New York Times.
Flay brought his unique amalgam of innovative food and inviting hospitality to Las Vegas with the 2004 opening of Mesa Grill at the legendary Caesars Palace. The City’s upbeat urban energy continues to provide an ideal backdrop for Mesa Grill’s lively cuisine.
At his New York eatery, Bar Americain, which opened in March 2005, Flay takes the intimacy of a midtown brasserie and injects it with authentic American flavors and style. Drawing from regional American ingredients, Flay’s dishes rejuvenate old classics and celebrate the abundance of America’s diverse and delicious heritage. Bar Americain has received rave reviews from the press, including two stars from The New York Times and in November 2009, Flay brought Bar Americain to Connecticut opening up in the Mohegan Sun.
Bobby Flay Steak, which opened in July 2006 in Atlantic City, is Flay’s first-ever steakhouse. At this restaurant, he presents classic steakhouse fare that he remembers enjoying as a child in New York City and on the Jersey Shore as well as new dishes that incorporate his famous grilling techniques and signature Southwestern fare.
In March 2007, Flay brought Mesa Grill to The Cove, Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas and in July 2008, Bobby opened his first Bobby’s Burger Palace (BBP) in Long Island. At BBP, Flay presents an array of burgers inspired by his extensive travels and love of the grill in a convenient casual setting. To date, there are 18 BBP outposts with additional locations on the way. Flay’s sixth fine dining restaurant, Gato, opened March 2014 in New York City’s NOHO District. Gato opened to rave reviews from the press, including two stars from The New York Times, and a year later still remains one of the most sought-after reservations in downtown New York City.
Flay is personally involved with such non-profit organizations as Citymeals-on-Wheels, Make-A-Wish foundation, Food Network’s and Cooking Channel’s philanthropic wine and food festivals (NYCWFF & SOBEWFF). He is an equine welfare advocate and his passion for horses has helped raise funds for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. He has been awarded the Earle I. Mack Champion Award recognizing his efforts on behalf of the TRF.
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Watch Bobby Flay Receive His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Bobby Flay will be the first chef to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. No other food-focused television personality or Hollywood restaurateur has landed the honor, not Julia Child or the Galloping Gourmet Graham Kerr, Dave Chasen or the Brown Derby&rsquos Robert Cobb and Herbert Somborn.
When Flay&rsquos star is unveiled at a ceremony on June 2, it will also be the first one for the Scripps Networks&rsquo Food Network in its 22-year history.
&ldquoBobby was one of the first personalities to see the benefit of the unproven entity that was Food TV back at the very beginning of Food Network,&rdquo says Brooke Johnson, president, Food Category, Scripps Networks, where she oversees the Food Network and the Cooking Channel and associated websites. &ldquoAdditionally, Bobby&rsquos ability to also wear a producer hat, be it his own shows or when working with other talent, sets him apart. I would say Bobby Flay has become a go-to resource for a generation of television watchers as well as TV personalities.&rdquo
Flay, 50, started making guest appearances within a year of the channel going on the air in 1993. In 1996, he landed his first show on the cabler, &ldquoGrillin&rsquo & Chillin&rsquo&rdquo it would last two seasons and establish him as the network&rsquos master of the barbecue grill. With Southwestern cuisine as his calling card, Flay&rsquos shows reflected the food served at his two New York restaurants at the time, Bolo and Mesa Grill.
&ldquoThey weren&rsquot flying in chefs from Los Angeles or Italy,&rdquo Flay says of the network&rsquos early days. &ldquoIf you could get there on the subway, you could be on. At the time, a lot of chefs were averse to it, but I saw it as a way to broaden my base in terms of customers. It was a simple idea. If a family from Minneapolis is coming to New York for the weekend and they&rsquove seen me on TV, maybe they&rsquoll consider eating at my restaurant.&rdquo
The strategy, two decades later, continues to pay dividends.
A four-time Daytime Emmy Award winner, Flay has starred in a dozen series for the network &mdash three are currently on-air &mdash and multiple specials he owns two restaurants in New York, a hamburger chain, several restaurants at resorts, several in Las Vegas and a production company, Rock Shrimp Prods., that makes most of his shows.
His most recent restaurant venture is Gato, opened a year ago in New York&rsquos NoHo neighborhood with an emphasis on bold Mediterranean flavors and ingredients that the New York Times characterized as &ldquogo-for-broke intensity that&rsquos 100% American.&rdquo Reviewer Pete Wells wrote, &ldquoIf Mr. Flay sometimes lights up the tilt sign on his pinball machine, there is still a lot to love on the menu.&rdquo
Gato is Flay&rsquos first New York restaurant in nearly a decade. Like Mesa Grill and Bolo, the food from Gato is already finding a place on TV.
&ldquoThe restaurants are the inspirations for everything but they&rsquore very separate to me,&rdquo Flay says of restaurants and TV shows. &ldquoI&rsquoll have brainstorming meetings to come up with a concept for a show, but it&rsquos things that happen in my restaurants that usually spark the ideas that wind up on television.
&ldquoAt the moment I&rsquom spending most of my time at Gato. At the moment it&rsquos the way I like to eat &mdash lots of healthy, salty, citrusy, very big-flavored food. The ingredients, flavors and techniques come from Italy, the South of France, North Africa, Greece. And if I&rsquom filming &lsquoBeat Bobby Flay,&rsquo I&rsquoll reach for a lot of Mediterranean ingredients.&rdquo
He used fried chicken as an example. A competing chef might make a classic fried chicken dish, while Flay would reach for the rosemary, Calabrian chiles and lemon juice. &ldquoI&rsquom always inspired by the moment I&rsquom in,&rdquo he says.
Of the stars from the years when Food Network was just getting its pan warm, Flay is the only one who has remained with the cabler and his popularity has not waned. In the first quarter of 2015, 46.7 million viewers watched programs featuring Flay on the Food Network, according to Nielsen 21 million of those viewers are in the channel&rsquos core demo of 25-54. When &ldquoBeat Bobby Flay&rdquo was renewed a year ago for a second season, it was one of the leaders in a year-to-year ratings resurgence for the network.
Soon after Johnson took over at the network in 2004, Flay&rsquos presence expanded with new series such as &ldquoFoodNation,&rdquo &ldquoFood Network Star&rdquo and &ldquoThrowdown With Bobby Flay.&rdquo He also played a key role in specials &ldquoChef Mentor,&rdquo &ldquoAll-Star Holiday Dishes&rdquo and &ldquoAll-Star Grillfest&rdquo and became one of the few chefs to segue from cooking demos to unscripted competition series, such as &ldquoIron Chef America.&rdquo
Johnson says the slate of new Flay programs grew out of research that audiences wanted more from the network than instructional shows.
Taking inspiration from Ashton Kutcher&rsquos &ldquoPunk&rsquod,&rdquo Flay says he created &ldquoThrowdown,&rdquo wherein he visits unsuspecting professionals and challenges them to a cooking contest centered on their specialty. The show ran for 92 episodes between 2006 and 2010 and continues to air.
&ldquoHis passion and skills as a chef are undeniable and if that weren&rsquot enough, his ability to entertain and inform on camera have helped shape how food and food television have evolved,&rdquo Johnson says. &ldquoAudiences tend to react best to authenticity and honesty and our audience has come to know, and love, Bobby for exactly who he is.&rdquo
Flay talks about his favorite TV moments:
“Iron Chef,” 2000
Flay put his &ldquobrash New York attitude&rdquo on display with a victory dance on a cutting board that created a war of words with chef Masaharu Morimoto and led to a U.S. version of the Japanese cooking competition.
&ldquoI think that changed the Food Network forever,&rdquo says Flay. &ldquoIt brought it into pop culture. It went from Food Network being a bunch of hosts showing you to how to cook to a show that had a tremendous amount of energy, surprise and food. That brought an entirely new interest from the media and viewership.&rdquo
“Grillin&rsquo and Chillin,&rsquo” 1996, two seasons
&ldquoI like to say it was so bad it was good,&rdquo Flay says. &ldquoWe shot 42 shows in six days. Putting that show on was an important moment for Food Network in its infancy.&rdquo
“Food Nation,” 2000, six seasons
&ldquoIt was the first of the travel-food shows. I picked a place in the country, and I discovered the food culture there,&rdquo Flay says. &ldquoIt inspired my restaurant Bar Americain.&rdquo
“Throwdown With Bobby Flay,” 2006, four seasons
&ldquoThe thing I wanted to do most was showcase regular people who are known in their communities for one dish,&rdquo Flay says. &ldquoI think &lsquoThrowdown&rsquo accomplished that.&rdquo
“Beat Bobby Flay,” 2013, on air
&ldquoThis is where my career is at this point,&rdquo he says. &ldquoI&rsquom proud to say we can create a title like &lsquoBeat Bobby Flay&rsquo and some of the great chefs in the country want to come and win the title. They want to take me down. It&rsquos another stage I&rsquom setting for other people in the industry.&rdquo
Bobby Flay to Be the First Chef with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - Recipes
Finally some positive news for Iron Chef Bobby Flay.
The culinary television personality, who is currently going through a very public divorce, is set to be the first chef to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced the 50-year-old Food Network star will get his own star on the iconic Walk Of Fame Tuesday afternoon.
"We are thrilled to honor our very first culinary star on our fabled Walk of Fame," the Chamber of Commerce president and CEO said in the press release. "Bobby Flay has entertained the masses with his culinary expertise and has opened the eyes of food lovers everywhere."
Helping him celebrate will be fellow Iron Chef Michael Symon, Food Network president Brooke Johnson, and 19-year-old daughter Sophie.
This honor comes just months after Flay filed for divorce from his wife of ten years, Stephanie March, and weeks after a number of cheating rumors emerged. Since April, the celebrity chef has been rumored by media outlets to be in relationships with his assistant, actress January Jones, and fellow Food Network star Giada de Laurentiis. Flay has yet to publicly comment on the allegations.
Bobby Flay to Be the First Chef with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - Recipes
Bobby Flay has been cooking professionally for over 30 years. He is Chef/Owner of GATO in New York City, Mesa Grill at Caesar Palace in Las Vegas, Shark at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and Bobby Flay Steak at Borgata in Atlantic City. For over 20 years, Mr. Flay has had various programs on Food Network, including Iron Chef America and Beat Bobby Flay. As a proud, native New Yorker, he often notes that the "city is my kitchen," utilizing its diverse cuisines, amazing styles and infectious energy as inspiration for his restaurants. Mr. Flay dropped out of high school in 10th grade. He is a graduate of the G.E.D. program from the city of NY and was in the first graduating class of the French Culinary Institute in 1984.
He was named Rising Star Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation at the age 27 for his work at Mesa Grill in NYC and was inducted as a member of the Who's Who of Cooking in America by the foundation in 2007. In 2015, Bobby was the first ever chef to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Flay household acquired a Maine Coon cat named "Nacho" who has now become the official face of Gato. In 2019, a second Maine Coon named "Stella" joined the Flay family. They have both been four-star additions to Bobby's home. Mr. Flay has a twenty-something daughter, Sophie, who does NOT want to be a chef but likes to bring lots of her friends to her dad's restaurants when she's not working as a Community Journalist for ABC7 in Los Angeles.