Welcome to Christmas at Bobby's: A Very Flay Holiday
To usher in the holidays and kick off the season with good cheer, Bobby Flay is throwing a Christmas party for all of his Food Network friends on the upcoming special Christmas at Bobby's, premiering Sunday, Dec. 6 at 12|11c. Fellow Iron Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Geoffrey Zakarian will be on hand, as will Katie Lee and Sunny Anderson, along with Scott Conant, Anne Burrell and the newest member of the Food Network family, Eddie Jackson, whom Bobby mentored on Food Network Star, Season 11. Recently FN Dish checked in with Bobby to see what the holidays look like at his house — how he celebrates with his family and what seasonal indulgences he craves most at this time of year. Read on below to hear from him as he dishes on his holiday entertaining strategy and looks back on seasons past from when he was a kid.
What does Christmas usually look like at your house? How do you celebrate?
Bobby Flay: It’s usually my family and some friends. We actually like Christmas Eve. I think we celebrate Christmas Eve more so than Christmas Day. Sometimes we go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. And usually there’s a biggish dinner for Christmas Eve, and sometimes I’ll make, like, Feast of the Seven Fishes. Even though we’re not Italian, it’s just a really great tradition.
Do you have a favorite memory from when you were a kid?
BF: I got a fire truck and I found the fire truck, like, a day or two before Christmas. And my parents were in the living room and I just came out riding the fire truck. They, like, couldn’t believe it. They were like, “I can’t believe you found it!”
There's a great tradition of holiday baking this time of year, but not everyone considers him or herself a baker. Do you have any tips for those who just want to skip baking but still have to make dessert?
BF: I think the trifle is a great idea. You know, something like the trifle is great because you don’t even have to bake the cake. You can buy the cake and you cook the components separately and just put them together.
When it comes to entertaining at your house, are there any elements that you like to assign to your guests to bring?
BF: I farm out dessert and who’s bringing the wine. And so, like, if I have 10 guests coming, like, four of them will bring a different dessert. You know, I’ll say, “You either bring an apple dessert, you bring a pumpkin dessert, or you bring, like, some sort of chocolate dessert,” or whatever it’s going to be. And then the rest of the people I tell to bring white or red wine.
What’s your favorite holiday indulgence, like that huge pie or a great cake?
BF: It's usually the main course. You know, so it might be a rack of lamb or a prime rib or a big baked ham.
So many people like turkey or ham at big holiday dinners, but you do lamb?
BF: Yeah, rack of lamb. My father always wants rack of lamb for Christmas. I don’t know why, but I make it a lot.
What does it mean to have Eddie here as a fellow Food Network star? Just a few months ago, you were mentoring him and ultimately saw him claim the Star win.
BF: It was my idea to bring Eddie here. Every year we go through picking somebody to be the next Food Network Star, and a lot of times … they don’t get to be seen with the rest of stars. They just, they’re on their own. ... So, I wanted to bring him here amongst some of the people who are established so he feels like part of the family. And I hope that the viewers will feel the same way.
Get set for the premiere of Christmas at Bobby's on Sunday, Dec. 6 12|11c.