Chef Bobby Flay
Bobby Flay has been cooking professionally for over 30 years. He is Chef/Owner of GATO, Bar Americain in NYC and CT, Mesa Grill in Las Vegas and Paradise Island and Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City. For over 20 years, Mr. Flay has had various programs on Food Network, including Iron Chef America. As a proud, native New Yorker, he often notes that the "city is my kitchen," utilizing its diverse cuisines, amazing styles and infectious energy as inspiration for his restaurants. Mr. Flay dropped out of high school in 10th grade. He is a graduate of the G.E.D. program from the city of NY and was in the first graduating class of the French Culinary Institute in 1984.
He was named Rising Star Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation at the age 27 for his work at Mesa Grill in NYC and was inducted as a member of the Who's Who of Cooking in America by the foundation in 2007.
The Flay household acquired a Maine Coon cat named "Nacho" who has now become the official face of Gato. He has been a four-star addition to Bobby's home. Mr. Flay has a teen-age daughter, Sophie, who does NOT want to be a chef but likes to bring lots of her friends to her dad's restaurants.