At the age of seventeen, he worked as a cook at Joe Allen’s, which lead Bobby to study at The French Culinary Institute, where he was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Award. While working in NYC at many different restaurants, he developed a new style of American Southwest food by using avocados and beans. By using these ingredients he opened his first restaurant Mesa Grill in New York. His next restaurant, Bolo Restaurant and Bar opened in November of 1993 in the Flatiron district. Also in the same year, Bobby was named the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef, which honored him as the most accomplished chef under the age of 30. The New York Times also awarded Bolo an unheard-of three stars.
In Las Vegas, Celebrity Chef Speaker Bobby Flay opened a second Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace in 2004. The next year, Bar Americain opened as an American cuisine restaurant. His first steakhouse was opened in 2006, the Bobby Flay Steak, was opened in Atlantic City. Bobby opened his sixth restaurant, Mesa Grill Bahamas, at The Cove Atlantis. In 2009, his second Bar Americain opened at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Bobby opened his fifth Bolo Restaurant and Bar on the University of Pennsylvania campus in 2010.
Bobby Flay has also cooked on the Oprah show back in 2009 and did one of his lunchtime favorites, Waldorf salad wrap. This recipe, which boasts rotisserie chicken, blue cheese and pecans, is a wrapped-up twist on an old school salad. Bobby is currently staring in the Food Network show, Beat Bobby Flay, where two chefs go head-to-head for the chance to Beat Bobby Flay that premiered in 2014.
Bobby is also an owner of horse, Super Espresso who just won its fourth race and $100,000 at the Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes at Pimlico.
In May of 2011 Bobby partnered with OpenSky. OpenSky is a social shopping platform that helps customers discover and buy great products that fulfill interests in Food, Style & Beauty, Healthy Living, and Home & Design. He endorsed Unilever Best Foods/Hellman’s Mayonnaise and Baskin-Robbins. Bobby has a line of cookware, grill accessories, dinnerware, serveware and drinkware. He is available for speaking engagements, personal appearances, and product promotion.
APPEARANCES: Brunch at Bobby’s, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Grill It with Bobby Flay, Iron Chef America, America’s Great Next Restaurants , Rachael Ray, Food Network, Cooking Channel, NBC, Oprah
BOOKS: Bobby Flay’s Bold American Food, Bobby Flay’s From My Kitchen to Your Table, Bobby Flay’s Boy Meets Grill, Bobby Flay Cooks American, Bobby Flay’s Boy Gets Grill, Bobby Flay’s Grilling For Life, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Cookbook, Bobby Flay’s Grill It!, Bobby Flay’s Burgers, Fries and Shakes
TO WORK WITH BOBBY FLAY: Celebrity Chef Speaker Bobby Flay can be hired for endorsements and events in roles such as Convention/Trade Show, Corporate Event, Corporate Hospitality, Corporate Video/Infomercial, Endorsement/Spokesperson, Fundraiser, Golf Outing, Product Launch/Promotion, Public Service Announcement, Public Event, Public Relations Campaign, Satellite Media Tour, or Speaking Engagement.