All the Things You Didn't Know About Bobby Flay

Learn about what the chef and food-competition guru is up to when he’s out of the kitchen.

May 03, 2022

Host Sophie Flay and Bobby Flay sample the Classic Cheeseburger and Cottage Fried Potatoes at JP Melon's, as seen on Flay vs Flay, Season 1.

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Anders Krusberg

Favorite New York City Restaurant: J.G. Melon

"The best cheeseburgers in the world"

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Liz Ligon, Liz Ligon

Gas or Charcoal for the Grill: Both

"I actually have both, but you know purists would always say charcoal."

Bobby Flay cooks with Michael Symon as seen on Food Network's Thanksgiving at Bobby's.

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Rich Freeda, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Favorite Chef: His Best Friend, Michael Symon

"His food is always just so tasty and delicious."

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Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Hottest Food He’s Ever Eaten: Nashville Hot Chicken

"I couldn’t feel my face."

penne pasta smothered in tomato sauce

penne pasta smothered in tomato sauce

penne pasta smothered in tomato sauce

Go-To Weeknight Meal: Pasta

"You can make yourself a really quick tomato and Parmesan pasta at a moment’s notice."

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Microphone on reflective background

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Enrico Fianchini, Enrico Fianchini

Favorite Karaoke Tune: Encore by Jay Z and Linkin Park

"I don’t really sing karaoke because that would be a bad scene."

Favorite Blend for Burgers: Think Fat

"The most-important thing in terms of blend is the ratio of meat to fat, so you want about 80 percent beef to 20 percent fat. That’s the key."

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Coarse ground black pepper on a wooden spoon and spilled on an old, weathered wood surface.

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S.K. Howard / iStock, skhoward

Spice He Can’t Live Without: Black Pepper

"It’s something that I use every single day."

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Golf ball on the lawn

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Deklofenak / iStock, Deklofenak

Favorite Non-Cooking Hobby: Golf

"That’s certainly something I love to do."

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Bobby Flay cooks an outdoor meal with President Barack Obama.

Most-Memorable Meal: Cooking for President Obama and Chinese President Xi

"They wanted an all-American meal, so we served some steaks, we served a lobster tamale to represent New Mexico, and then we made fresh cherry pies with bourbon vanilla ice cream."

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real edible icecream, no artificial ingredients used!

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Food He Cannot Live Without: Ice Cream

"Any kind of ice cream is my thing — pistachio, by the way."

Desert-Island Foods: The Makings of a Good Time

"I would take a handful of lobsters, some chipotle chiles, pistachio gelato, a couple ears of corn and a case of rosé — party."

Host Bobby Flay races to finish his Round 2 lobster newburg dish, as seen on Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay, Season 8.

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Scott Gries, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Destined to Cook? Not Exactly

"I had no idea. I started cooking, dropped out of high school and went to work in a restaurant."

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