Bobbie Flay Biography
A native of New York, New York, United States, Bobbie Flay is a famous American celebrity restaurateur, reality television personality, and chef. Flay is the owner and executive chef of several restaurants and franchises, such as the Mesa Grill and Bobby’s Burger Palace.
Bobbie Flay Age
Flay is 57 years old as of 2021. He was born on 10 December 1964 in New York, New York, United States. He celebrates his birthday on 10 December every year.
Bobbie Flay Height
Flay stands at the height of 5 feet 11 inches(1.79m) tall and weighs75 kg(165 lbs).
Bobbie Flay Education
Flay is a fourth-generation Irish American and was raised Catholic, attending denominational schools. He dropped out of high school at age 17.
Bobbie Flay Family
Flay was born on December 10, 1964, in New York City to Bill and Dorothy Barbara (McGuirk) Flay. He was raised in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. Any information regarding his siblings is not known. We will update this section as soon as the information is available.
Bobbie Flay Wife
Flay married Debra Ponzek, also a chef, on May 11, 1991. They divorced in 1993, and he married his second wife, Kate Connelly, in 1995. The partners were blessed with a daughter named Sophie. Flay and Connelly separated in 1998 and later divorced.
He married actress Stephanie March, on February 20, 2005. According to media reports, March and Flay separated in March 2015 and their divorce was final on July 17, 2015. Flay dated Heléne Yorke from February 2016 to early 2019.
Bobbie Flay Net Worth
Flay has an estimated net worth of $30 million.
Bobbie Flay Career
Flay dropped out of high school at age 17. He has said his first jobs in the restaurant industry were at a Baskin-Robbins and pizza parlor. He then carried a place-making salad at Joe Allen Restaurant in Manhattan’s Theater District, where his father was a member. The owner, Joe Allen, was impressed by Flay’s natural power and agreed to pay his partner’s son’s tuition at the French Culinary Institute.
He acquired 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 began working as a sous-chef, fast learning the culinary arts. At the Brighton Grill on Third Avenue, he was given the administrative chef’s position after a week when the executive chef was fired. He left when he discovered he was not ready to run a kitchen. He took a role as a chef working for restaurateur Jonathan Waxman at Bud and Jams. Waxman introduced him to southwestern and Cajun cuisine, which came to describe his culinary career.
After working for a short time on the floor at the American Stock Exchange, he 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, looking for a southwestern-style chef. Impressed by Flay’s food, Kretchmer presented him with the position of executive chef at Mesa Grill, which opened on January 15, 19.
Bobbie Flay Acting Roles
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 him. 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.
In 2010, he was impersonated in the South Park cartoon episode Crème Fraiche. In 2011, he had recurring appearances in the final season of Entourage as the boyfriend of Ari Gold’s wife. In 2012, he appeared on Portlandia, in a director’s cut of the episode Brunch Village. He showed director Jonathan Krisel how to make marionberry pancakes. Flay guest stars as himself on season two of the TV series Younger, which initially aired in 2016.
Bobby Flay Restaurants
Flay is Chef/Owner of GATO in New York City, Mesa Grill at Caesar Palace in Las Vegas, Bobby Flay Steak at Borgata in Atlantic City, and Shark at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Bobby Flay Cat
Flay is an only child, and he told CBS News that the cats his family-owned growing up were his substitute for his brothers. His choice was Pumpkin, an orange tabby who he deeply loved. Along with this, the name of his New York restaurant Gato (cat in Spanish) was boosted by an orange cat who walked by when he was close seeing the restaurant space for the first time, so he has a history with fluffy orange cats.
After leaving home at 19 to live on his own, he went for many years without a fluffy mate. However, after 30 years, the celebrity chef finally chose to fill the cat-shaped hole in his heart and buy a new cat. He went for a Maine Coon cat, which is a huge, fluffy cat breed known for its loving, cuddly nature.