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      Bobby Flay

      Bobby Flay

      Highest Rated: Not Available

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      Birthday: Dec 10, 1964

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      New York-based chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay's talents in the kitchen led to a string of popular restaurants across the United States, as well as enduring status as a media personality on countless cooking shows, including "Beat Bobby Flay" (Food Network, 2013- ) Born Robert William Flay on December 10, 1964 in New York City, he hailed from restaurant industry family - his father, Bill, was a partner at the famed Joe Allen restaurant in the city's theater district - and displayed an aptitude for food at an early age, crafting his own after-school snacks and even requesting an Easy-Bake Oven for Christmas at the age of eight. School held less interest for him, and Flay dropped out at 17 to work in various fast-food establishments before taking a job as a bus boy at his father's eatery. Flay soon moved up to kitchen helper, and so impressed the restaurant's owner with his work ethic that Allen paid for his training at the French Culinary Institute. After graduating in 1984, Flay worked in a variety of positions in several New York restaurants, but soon realized that he needed more experience before running a full kitchen. He worked briefly as a stockbroker before returning to the culinary world; among these positions was as chef for restaurateur Jonathan Waxman, who introduced him to flavors and foods of the Southwest, which would come to define Flay's style of cooking. In 1991, he served as executive chef at Mesa Grill, where he would eventually become a partner; the location was named Best Restaurant in 1992 by New York Magazine, while Flay himself was given the James Beard Foundation's Rising Star Chef of the Year Award in 1993. He opened a second establishment, Bolo Bar and Restaurant, in 1993, which also drew rave reviews from critics. Flay soon expanded his brand to include cookbooks, beginning with "Bobby Flay's Bold American Food" (1994), and hosting duties on cooking shows like "The Main Ingredient with Bobby Flay" (Lifetime Television, 1996). His on-screen duties were soon divided between hosting on series like "BBQ with Bobby Flay" (2004-2006) and guest appearances on competition programs like "Iron Chef America" (Food Network, 2005-), where he famously battled Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto on several contentious occasions. Flay soon issued his own challenge programs like "Throwdown! With Bobby Flay" (Food Network, 2006-2010) and "Beat Bobby Flay." But he also continued to maintain a steadily growing empire of restaurants, including a second Mesa Grill in Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Bar Americain in midtown Manhattan, and Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City, New Jersey, all between 2004 and 2009. Flay also operated a chain of burger establishments, called Bobby's Burger Place, which expanded to 19 locations in 11 states. In 2012, he ventured into creating his own reality competition series which included "3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay" (Food Network, 2012) and three seasons of "Worst Cooks in America" (Food Network, 2010- ); these in turn led to producing programs for other celebrity foodmakers and personalities, including "Kelsey's Essentials" (Cooking Channel, 2010) and "Sandwich King" (Food Network, 2011-2012). All of these efforts were feted in 2015 with his induction into the Culinary Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His longest running series, "Beat Bobby Flay," returned for its 16th season in 2018.

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      Bobby Flay The View, from left: Michael Socha, Sherri Shepherd, Bobby Flay, Jenny McCarthy, 08/11/1997, ©ABC The View, from left: Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Bobby Flay, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters, 08/11/1997, ©ABC The View, from left: Jenny McCarthy, Bobby Flay, Sherri Shepherd, Barbara Walters, 08/11/1997, ©ABC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 83% One Delicious Christmas Tom Kingsley (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet 58% Scooby-Doo! and the Gourmet Ghost Himself (Voice) - 2018
      No Score Yet 49% Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off Self - 2003

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beat Bobby Flay Host 2013-2024
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014 2023
      No Score Yet 60% Bobby's Triple Threat Host 2022-2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet BBQ Brawl Self 2019 2021-2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest,
      Host
      2007-2009 2011-2015 2017-2022
      No Score Yet 22% Bobby and Sophie on the Coast Host 1969 2022
      No Score Yet 28% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2015-2016 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bobby and Giada in Italy Host 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All-Star Best Thing I Ever Ate Host 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Worst Cooks in America Host 2012-2014 2019
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2013 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flay List Host 2019
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flipping Exes Executive Producer 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Best Thing I Ever Ate Unknown (Guest Star) 2017-2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Next Food Network Star Unknown (Character),
      Judge,
      Host
      2006-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2012-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2011 2018
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bobby and Damaris Show Host 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Brunch at Bobby's Host 2010-2011 2013-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chopped Judge 2016
      97% 79% Younger Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All-Star Academy Unknown (Character) 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Throwdown With Bobby Flay Host 2006-2011 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bobby Flay's BBQ Addiction Executive Producer,
      Host
      2011-2014
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2011 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 3 Days to Open With Bobby Flay Host 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010-2011
      65% 82% Entourage Bobby Flay (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet America's Next Great Restaurant Judge 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Boy Meets Grill Host 2003-2007 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Next Iron Chef Judge 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Grill It! With Bobby Flay Host 2008-2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet FoodNation With Bobby Flay Host 2001-2005 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet BBQ With Bobby Flay Host 2004-2006