35 Facts About Bobby Flay

1. Bobby Flay dropped out of high school to pursue a restaurant career.

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2. Bobby Flay confirmed his relationship with the 32-year-old on his show, Beat Bobby Flay.

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3. Bobby Flay was at Saratoga covering the Whitney Stakes where he developed a passion for the sport.

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4. At the young age of 17, Bobby Flay dropped out of high school.

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5. Bobby Flay holds another title that has nothing to do with his abundance successful restaurants.

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6. Bobby Flay is one of the most well-known names in food around the world.

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7. On February 20, 2005, Bobby Flay married his third wife, actress Stephanie March.

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8. Bobby Flay married Debra Ponzek, another New York chef, in 1991.

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9. Bobby Flay opened his first restaurant, Mesa Grill, in 1991, winning immediate acclaim.

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10. From a young age, Bobby Flay showed a talent for cooking.

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11. Bobby Flay was a candidate for chairman in 2014, but was not elected.

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12. Bobby Flay serves on the Breeders' Cup board of directors.

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13. Bobby Flay is the owner of more than one graded stakes race winner, including More Than Real, who won the prestigious 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and part owner of Creator, who won the third jewel of the triple crown the Belmont stakes.

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14. Bobby Flay showed director Jonathan Krisel how to make the perfect marionberry pancakes.

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15. Bobby Flay had a small role as himself in the 2006 film East Broadway, in which his wife, Stephanie March, had a larger role.

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16. Bobby Flay appeared on the television game show Pyramid with fellow Iron Chef Mario Batali as the guest celebrities in an episode originally airing on November 18, 2003.

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17. Bobby Flay hosted the reality television show America's Next Great Restaurant on NBC from March 2011 to May 2011 in which in the end he picks one restaurant team with whom to open a restaurant.

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18. Bobby Flay caught the attention of restaurateur Jerome Kretchmer, who was looking for a southwestern-style chef.

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19. Bobby Flay took a position as a chef working for restaurateur Jonathan Waxman at Bud and Jams.

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20. Bobby Flay is a fourth generation Irish American and was raised Catholic, attending denominational schools.

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21. Bobby Flay was raised on the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.

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22. Bobby Flay married Debra Ponzek, a chef, on May 11, 1991.

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23. In 2012, Bobby Flay appeared on Portlandia, in a director's cut of the episode Brunch Village.

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24. In 2011, Bobby Flay had recurring appearances in the final season of Entourage as the boyfriend of Ari Gold's wife.

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25. In 2010, Bobby Flay was impersonated in the South Park cartoon episode Creme Fraiche.

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26. Bobby Flay is mentioned in the movie Step Brothers in the "derek comes for dinner" scene.

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27. Bobby Flay had a cameo appearance in the Disney Channel original movie Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off as the host of the cook-off.

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28. Bobby Flay challenged Morimoto to a rematch in Morimoto's native Japan.

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29. Bobby Flay has hosted fourteen cooking shows and specials on Food Network and Cooking Channel, of which eight continue to run:.

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30. Bobby Flay has been featured in several episodes of Great Chefs television including:.

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31. Bobby Flay opened the tenth and largest Bobby's Burger Palace site at Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland, on June 7, 2012.

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32. Bobby Flay quit when he realized he was not ready to run a kitchen.

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33. At the Brighton Grill on Third Avenue, Bobby Flay was handed the executive chef's position after a week when the executive chef was fired.

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34. Bobby Flay received a degree in culinary arts and was a member of the first graduating class of the French Culinary Institute in 1984.

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35. Bobby Flay has hosted several Food Network television programs, appeared as a guest and hosted a number of specials on the network.

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