Bobby Flay

Biography: A fourth-generation Irish-American, red-haired Bobby Flay dropped out of high school at 16 and worked briefly on the floor at the American Stock Exchange. He then took a job as a cook at Joe Allen Restaurant in the Theatre District of New York City, where his father was a partner. The owner, Joe Allen, was so impressed by Bobby's natural ability that he paid his tuition at the French Culinary Institute, where he received a degree in Culinary Arts in 1984.

After graduating from culinary school, he was hired as a cook at Brighton Grill and soon after become the sous chef after the then-current chef was fired. He worked there for about a year and quit the job, and considered leaving the industry. However, he wanted to cook and learn, so he took a job at Bud and Jams, where Jonathan Waxman introduced Flay to southwestern cuisine, which decided his culinary career. From 1988 to 1990, he worked as executive chef at Miracle Grill in Manhattan. Restaurateur Jerome Kretchmer dined at
A fourth-generation Irish-American, red-haired Bobby Flay dropped out of high school at 16 and worked briefly on the floor at the American Stock Exchange. He then took a job as a cook at Joe Allen Restaurant in the Theatre District of New York City, where his father was a partner. The owner, Joe Allen, was so impressed by Bobby's natural ability that he paid his tuition at the French Culinary Institute, where he received a degree in Culinary Arts in 1984.

After graduating from culinary school, he was hired as a cook at Brighton Grill and soon after become the sous chef after the then-current chef was fired. He worked there for about a year and quit the job, and considered leaving the industry. However, he wanted to cook and learn, so he took a job at Bud and Jams, where Jonathan Waxman introduced Flay to southwestern cuisine, which decided his culinary career. From 1988 to 1990, he worked as executive chef at Miracle Grill in Manhattan. Restaurateur Jerome Kretchmer dined at Miracle Grill regularly and soon offered Bobby a position at Mesa Grill, where he was made partner. Kretchmer and Flay subsequently opened Bolo Bar & Restaurant in November 1993. Bolo Bar & Restaurant was closed on December 31, 2007 to make way for a new condominium.

Chef Flay has authored several cookbooks, including Bobby Flay's Grilling for Life, Bobby Flay's Bold American Food, Boy Meets Grill, Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill Cookbook and Bobby Flay's Grill It!.
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Bobby Flay's Scores

  • TV
Average career score: 58
Highest Metascore: 58 America's Next Great Restaurant: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 58 America's Next Great Restaurant: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
1 tv review
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Next Food Network Star: Season 10 Jun 1, 2014 Judge / Mentor tbd
tbd The Next Food Network Star: Season 9 May 23, 2013 Mentor / Judge 7.0
tbd Jimmy Kimmel Live: Season 11 Jan 7, 2013 Guest 8.0
tbd The Next Iron Chef: Season 4 Oct 30, 2011 Himself - Judge tbd
tbd The Next Food Network Star: Season 7 Jun 5, 2011 Judge/Host tbd
58 America's Next Great Restaurant: Season 1 Mar 6, 2011 Himself - Judge 5.6
tbd Throwdown with Bobby Flay: Season 8 Oct 4, 2010 Host tbd
tbd The Next Food Network Star: Season 6 Jun 6, 2010 Judge/Host tbd
tbd Throwdown with Bobby Flay: Season 7 Sep 9, 2009 Host 7.0
tbd Grill It! With Bobby Flay: Season 2 Aug 9, 2009 Host tbd
tbd The Next Food Network Star: Season 5 Jun 7, 2009 Judge/Host 9.0
tbd Throwdown with Bobby Flay: Season 6 Mar 4, 2009 Host 7.0
tbd Iron Chef America: Season 7 Oct 5, 2008 Iron Chef tbd
tbd Grill It! With Bobby Flay: Season 1 Jul 6, 2008 Host tbd
tbd Throwdown with Bobby Flay: Season 5 Jul 1, 2008 Host 7.0
tbd The Next Food Network Star: Season 4 Jun 1, 2008 Host / Judge tbd
tbd Throwdown with Bobby Flay: Season 4 Jan 27, 2008 Host 7.0
tbd Iron Chef America: Season 6 Jan 6, 2008 Iron Chef tbd
tbd Boy Meets Grill: Season 8 Sep 9, 2007 Host tbd
tbd Throwdown with Bobby Flay: Season 3 Aug 5, 2007 Host 7.0
tbd The Next Food Network Star: Season 3 Jun 3, 2007 Host / Guest Judge / Host / Guest Judge tbd
tbd Chefography: Season 2 Mar 18, 2007 Himself tbd
tbd Throwdown with Bobby Flay: Season 2 Feb 8, 2007 Host 7.0
tbd Boy Meets Grill: Season 7 Nov 5, 2006 Host tbd
tbd Boy Meets Grill: Season 6 Aug 20, 2006 Host tbd
tbd Throwdown with Bobby Flay: Season 1 Jul 13, 2006 Host 7.0
tbd The Next Food Network Star: Season 2 Mar 19, 2006 Judge tbd
tbd Iron Chef America: Season 3 Feb 26, 2006 Iron Chef tbd
tbd Boy Meets Grill: Season 5 Nov 20, 2005 Host tbd
tbd Iron Chef America: Season 2 Jul 10, 2005 Iron Chef tbd