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There’s no single way to become rich and famous in life. While many people found fame in sports, politics, Hollywood, and diverse businesses, others such as Bobby Flay became household names by making use of their skills to win the hearts of people. When it comes to the restaurant business, Flay is an authority who has taught some of the best chefs in the world right now. He makes great food for people, he owns a string of mega-restaurants in many states and his name is attached to several prestigious culinary awards in America and beyond. The celebrity chef also makes extra cash from writing cookbooks, hosting a number of specials on Food Network, and making appearances on television series.
Biography of Bobby Flay
The chef cum reality TV personality was born Robert William Flay on December 10, 1964, in New York City, to Irish-Americans parents Dorothy Flay and Bill Flay, who raised him up on the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. Flay, who was raised Catholic, attended denominational schools. He dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and later enrolled at the French Culinary Institute after spending some time at Joe Allen Restaurant, which is located in Manhattan’s Theater District. He graduated from the French Culinary Institute in 1984, after which he started working in some places before establishing his own restaurants -Bobby’s Burger Palace (BBP) which is now located in several other cities.
Bobby has hosted about 14 cooking shows, authored several cookbooks, appeared in shows, TV series and films, and boasts of many awards and accolades. Bobby Flay, who stands at a height of 1.79 meters, also has a personal interest in Thoroughbred horse racing. From his numerous financial sources, he has amassed a fortune worth $30 million.
Married – Wife and Daughter
At the moment, the celebrity chef has no wife, having failed in the past to establish a happy home with the three women he had tied the knot with. Nevertheless, he is a father to a young woman called Sophie Flay, who came from his romantic relationship with his second wife. Bobby’s kid was born on 16th April 1996 in the United States.
She made her first appearance on television in 2011, according to reports. Since then, she has starred together with her father in a good number of shows, including Food Network’s Snapchat Discover channel. In 2013, Sophie appeared on Rachel Ray with her dad and Beat Bobby Flay in 2015 (once) and 2017 for a Thanksgiving showdown. In 2016, she was on Brunch at Bobby’s twice. She acted as a judge alongside Food Network chef Sunny Anderson on Beat Bobby Flay. Recently, the duo hosted a late-night event called Sweet Moves: Late Night Desserts and Dancing at South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
Bobby reportedly named a salad (Sophie’s Chopped Salad) after his daughter from one of his earliest shows, Hot Off The Grill with Bobby Flay. Although the recipe is the chef’s signature Southwestern cuisine, the salad is assumed to be Sophie’s favorites.
According to a LinkedIn page with her name, Sophie started studying broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California in 2014. She is said to have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2018 and also boasts a number of extracurriculars on her resume: she hosted a music show for her school publication, was part of her school’s a capella group, the Sirens and a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. An avid animal lover, Sophie loves her father’s cat Nacho as well as other four-legged species.
The New York native-restaurateur has been married thrice in his lifetime. He entered his first marriage with Morristown, New Jersey-born chef Debra Ponzek, on 11th May 1991. The two, however, divorced in 1993, leading Flay to marry American TV host and businesswoman, Kate Connelly, in 1995. Their union produced a daughter (Sophie) the following year but officially crashed in 1998.
Bobby’s third attempt at marriage was with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit screen actress Stephanie March. They tied the knot on February 20, 2005, and reportedly separated in March 2015. The pair’s divorce was eventually finalized on July 17, 2015.
A few months after Bobby Flay and March finalized their divorce, precisely in February 2016, the later got connected to Canadian dancer/singer/actress Heléne Yorke and they became friends. Since then, their love has never grown dim. They’ve been going strong together and their relationship has been nothing short of amazing. They frequently showcase their love for each other on their social media pages.
Yorke, unlike the American reality television personality, has never been married before. The pair first met at a Knicks basketball game before they started dating. According to Bobby, when they started dating, Helene was always scared to cook for him but now she has learned how to come up with a wonderful dish. If there’s one thing Flay likes doing, it is cooking with his girlfriend, who he also likes for desiring to learn new things.