Flay worked many restaurant jobs as a young man. One of his jobs was making salads at Joe Allen Restaurant in New York’s Theatre District. Flay’s boss recognized his natural ability and paid his tuition to attend the French Culinary Institute. Flay received a degree in culinary arts in 1984.
After culinary school, he started working for several restaurants. The stressful business moved Flay around a lot. Flay held several executive chef potions in several establishments. Flay took the position of executive chef at Mesa Grill in 1991. This career move was pivotal for Flay. It lead to many of his profitable successes.
In November 1993, Flay partnered with Laurence Kretchmer to open Bolo Bar & Restaurant in New York. From there Flay began opening several restaurant throughout his career. Flay opened a second Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2004. In 2005 he opened Bar Americain, an American Brasserie, in Manhattan. He continued to expand his restaurants by opening Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This was followed by a 2007 Mesa Grill opening in the Bahamas. The third Mesa Grill location.
Flay has hosted nine cooking shows and specials on Food Network. Five continue to run. His shows have included Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay, Grillin’ & Chillin’, FoodNation, Boy Meets Grill, BBQ with Bobby Flay, Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, Grill It! with Bobby Flay, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and Brunch at Bobby’s.
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