Bobby Flay

Boy meets grill: boy forges illustrious career

Bobby Flay was born in New York City in 1964, and by the time he was 17 he had already demonstrated his great talents with food. After managing to land a job as a cook at a New York City restaurant called the "Joe Allen Restaurant," Flay impressed the establishment’s owner so much that he agreed to personally fund Flay’s culinary arts education at the French Culinary Institute.

Despite the fact that he was awarded the school’s Outstanding Graduate Award, Flay never fully accepted French cuisine. Instead, he took what he had learned and applied it to his passion – Southwestern cuisine. Today, he often incorporates ingredients such as avocados, beans and chile peppers into his recipes.


Flay owns and serves as the executive chef at five restaurants in the US. His first was the "Mesa Grill" in New York City, which quickly earned critical acclaim from prestigious publications, including The New York Times. Next, he bravely opened "Bolo," located a short walk away from the Mesa Grill. Today, Bolo is consistently ranked as the top Spanish restaurant in all of New York City. Recently, Flay opened a second Mesa Grill at Las Vegas’ famous Caesar's Palace, and his first steakhouse, called "Bobby Flay Steak," in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In the Media

Flay has a tremendous media presence. He has hosted six cooking shows on the Food Network. Two of them, "Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay" and "Grillin’ & Chillin’," are no longer on air, but "FoodNation," "Boy Meets Grill," "BBQ with Bobby Flay" and "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" remain staples on the network. Flay also regularly appears as an Iron Chef on the Food Network show "Iron Chef America", and as a judge on "The Next Food Network Star." He also serves as the food correspondent for CBS’ "The Early Show." There are rumors that he has yet another show in development with the Food Network.

When he has time off from filming these programs, Flay writes cookbooks. He has authored six of them, including Bobby Flay's Bold American Food, From My Kitchen to Your Table, Boy Meets Grill and Boy Gets Grill.

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