How many times have you seen a chef write 14 books and a large portion of the books become bestsellers? We bet you haven’t. Not to worry, you came at the right time to this page. You already have an idea who we are talking about. It is no other than the indefatigable chef, Bobby Flay.
Being one of the first graduates of the prestigious French Culinary Institute in 1984 speaks volume of who Flay is. Let’s get on with it. Bobby Flay is an American celebrity chef and restaurateur based anywhere his business calls him to be.
Apart from writing books on how to be a better chef, Flay is also a TV reality show personality. As you would have figured, the show’s have to do with cooking. So many questions are asked; like who is Bobby Flay married to? Does he have a girlfriend or is he divorced?
Quick Facts About Bobby Flay
We get it that celebrities always have these kinds of questions asked of them, especially if their relationships aren’t defined or there is a form of privacy they enshroud their relationships. So fans itch to know who their spouses are or who they are going out with. It is part of the fun of keeping with a celebrity.
Besides, it also drives conversations around the celebrity in question. To be honest, these conversations are usually necessary to keep the celebrity relevant. Again, we ask because you want to know; is Bobby Flay married or he is relishing his singlehood?
For a chef who has several restaurants under his care, he is liable to travel around the country and occasionally around the world. Surely, he must have met with beautiful women. By the way, he is not bad looking himself.
Aside from owning some of the best restaurants in the country, Flay has also hosted several Food Network television programs. He is also a cast in the television series, Great Chefs. Anyway, who wouldn’t want to see one of the best chefs dole out recipes on some of the most talked-about dishes in the country?
Early Life of Bobby Flay
Born as Robert William Flat on December 10, 1964, in Manhattan, to Bill Flat and Dorothy Barbara (McGuirk) Flay. He has a bit of Irish ancestry as he is a fourth-generation Irish-American. He was raised a Catholic and his parents ensured that he attended Catholic schools too.
At the tender age of 8, Flay started showing signs of wanting to be a chef. So, the usual gifts exchange at Christmas happened in Flay’s family and to his father’s surprise, Flay didn’t ask for the usual gifts boys his age ask for. Flay asked for an Easy-Bake Oven. Of course, his father objected. What did you expect? But Flay had his way and got both the Oven and what his father thought he should ask for. Double win, we’d say.
Bobby Flay’s Career
All that was in Flay’s head was just to get a place to cook. It got so bad that he had to drop out of high school at just 17. Well, for a kid that age with a vibrant passion for cooking, it didn’t take too long for him to land a job. Bobby Flay has said that his first few jobs were with Baskin-Robbins and a pizza parlor.
After a while, he moved to take a position making salads at Joe Allen Restaurant where fortunately for him, his father was a partner. His impressive culinary skills, though amateur, moved his principal, Joe Allen to sponsor him to the French Culinary Institute.
Bobby Flay is a Full-fledged Chef
He got his degree in 1984 from the institute and began his full-fledged career as a sous-chef. His ascent to his first executive position was rather fast. While he was at Brighton Grill on Third Avenue, Flay was given the opportunity to be the executive chef after the original chef was fired.
He took on the challenge but later realised he wasn’t ready to run a kitchen. Again, he settled to be just a chef for another restaurateur in Jonathan Waxman. From here his career took an upward turn.
After gaining all of these experiences, Flay opened up his restaurant. However, he partnered with Lawrence Kretchmer to open Bolo Bar and Restaurant. Then in later years, he opened other restaurants and today, he is one of the most sought after restaurateurs in the US.
Is Bobby Flay Married?
Everyone knows the star chef through his cookbooks and shows, but still, everyone wants to know who Bobby Flay married, or who he is dating. Let’s set this straight with 5 secrets about the bad boy celebrity chef star.
#1. Bobby Flay married his first wife at age 26!
You probably saw that we said the first wife! That’s correct because bad boy Flay has married… read on to find out. Anyways, a little information about his ex-wife. Debra Ponzek is a chef like Flay. They married on May 11, 1991.
One interesting fact about the duo was that they both won one of the biggest awards for a chef, The James Beard Award when they were together. Flay won in 1993, while his ex-wife won the year before. They divorced in 1993.
#2. Bobby Flay and Kate Connelly
Barely a year later, Flay met Connelly on her Foot Network show and they hit it from there. The couple married on October 1, 1995. Again, this marriage lasted only three years. They got a divorce in 1998.
#3 Bobby Flay married Stephanie March After a Blind Date
It was just a blind date! Many people would know Stephanie March. She was one of the stars of Law and Order: SVU from 2000 to 2012. After the blind date, things were set in motion and on February 20, 2005, Bobby Flay married Stephanie March.
#4. March Kicked Bobby Flay Out of The House.
No, this is not hilarious. Okay, maybe it is. The rumor was March kicked Flay out of the house for reasons best known to them. We think infidelity. Again, these are rumors. However, none of them have come out to refute the rumors, so maybe the rumors are true. Bobby and March later got a divorce in March 2015.
#5. Helene Yorke is his latest girlfriend.
Helene Yorke is an actress and has made appearances on Flay’s shows. The two dated. This is not a drill nor a rumor. Flay admitted to their relationship. They aren’t married yet, but they were together for two years now.
However, right now, our man is single. When asked in an episode of Beat Bobby Flay, Bobby said “I’m very single. She kicked me to the curb.” Apparently, Yorke dumped him. Yikes! We didn’t see that coming.
The question of is Bobby Flay married has been answered more than once. And if you still need an answer, well, he is not at the moment. He is single. He has had failed marriages, but his chain of restaurants is doing just fine. There isn’t anything to worry about him getting someone else, as he surely would get a woman. After all, he is Bobby Flay.