13 Things You Didn't Know About Bobby Flay

Think you know everything about Bobby Flay? Learn about what the chef and food-competition guru is up to when he’s out of the kitchen. 

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Favorite Chef: His Best Friend, Michael Symon

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

Gas or Charcoal for the Grill: Both

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

Favorite New York City Restaurant: J.G. Melon

"The best cheeseburgers in the world"  

Hottest Food He’s Ever Eaten: Nashville Hot Chicken

"I couldn’t feel my face." 

Get the Recipe: Classic Fried Chicken

Go-To Weeknight Meal: Pasta

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

Get the Recipe: Penne with Summer Tomato Sauce with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil

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."

Get the Recipe: Perfect Burger

Spice He Can’t Live Without: Black Pepper 

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

Favorite Non-Cooking Hobby: Golf

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

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."  

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." 

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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