Bobby Flay Gets Fired Up About Grilling

Celebrity Chef

Iron Chef Bobby Flay's passions for grilling and American Southwestern flavor make him one of the hottest chefs in the world.

Culinary Arts

How Did Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay Build His Career?

At age 17, New York City native Bobby Flay was cooking at Joe Allen Restaurant in NYC. Allen admired Bobby's culinary talent so highly that he paid for the young man's training at the French Culinary Institute. Bobby graduated from FCI in 1993 and went to work for NYC restaurateur Jonathan Waxman, who taught him to love the flavors and heat associated with American Southwestern cooking. That same year--1993--restaurateur Jerome Kretchmer hired Bobby to be his executive chef and partner at Mesa Grill to rave reviews in the New York Times, "The sassy Tex-Mex fare at Mesa Grill surpasses anything of its kind elsewhere in New York City."

What Makes Bobby Flay a Celebrity Chef?

Bobby Flay excels at cooking, writing, hosting television shows--and time management! During the time he was designing and opening six award-winning restaurants (one--Bolo--closed in December 2007), he also found time to write eight acclaimed cookbooks and star in six cooking shows on the Food Network, three of which--Throwdown!, Boy Meets Grill, and Iron Chef America--are still being aired. His shows have won Emmy awards and he's also the food correspondent for The Early Show on CBS.

He currently owns five renowned restaurants:

  • Bar Americain (NYC): regional American
  • Bobby Flay Steak (Atlantic City, NJ): classic steakhouse
  • Mesa Grill Bahamas (Paradise Island): American Southwestern
  • Mesa Grill Las Vegas (Caesar's Palace): American Southwestern
  • Mesa Grill NYC: American Southwestern

What is Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay's Food Philosophy?

It's gotta be "bold, zesty, and always fun"! Bobby Flay's inspirations include Wolfgang Puck--"He made food that was really good, but also fun and whimsical"--and Jonathan Waxman, who was, Bobby says, "the first person to show me what good food was."

What are Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay's Plans for the Future?

Bobby's upcoming Food Network show, Grill It!, will feature amateur grillers who get to cook their special recipes with Bobby and share grilling tips and tricks.


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