I was reading some posts on Bobby Flay a few days back, and was wondering why people didn't like him. Perhaps, I thought that he rubs people the wrong way. He seems like the type of guy who is not two-faced, but tells it like it is. Sort of like a Simon Cowell. He is a very good chef and doesn't seem to be a phony to me. I just can't believe so many people hate him. I have always thought of him as a great chef and he does a great job on Throwdown. In fact, my favorite show of his is "Throwdown".
He may be seemingly egotistical, but Bobby Flay has a lot of personality which I like. It's great to see how super confident he is that that he could win a 'Throwdown' anytime. What I am trying to say is that, a chef who is labeled as egocentric and arrogant as Flay is accused of being, would never allow himself to be put in a "Throwdown" position... where he could [and often does] lose to anyone! He actually loses well.
I think it's cute that he acts like a big kid most of the time, says a lady friend of mine. Now he ain’t that cute…although he has a Steve McQueen look. I can quite imagine how he would sweep the ladies of their feet.
Anyway, I find him to be one of the popular TV Chefs who has a great sense of humour, besides, I'm nuts about both Southwestern and Spanish cuisine.
Now something for those who came in late…
Robert William Flay (born December 10, 1964 in New York City) is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and television personality. He is the owner and executive chef of six restaurants: Mesa Grill and Bar Americain in New York City; Mesa Grill in Las Vegas; Mesa Grill in The Bahamas (Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau); Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Bobby's Burger Palace in Lake Grove, New York.
Bobby Flay was born December 10, 1964 to Bill and Dorothy Flay in New York City, where he was raised and continues to live. He is a fourth generation Irish American. He married Debra Ponzek, another well known New York City chef, on May 11, 1991.
Flay and Ponzek divorced in 1993. He later married Kate Connelly on October 1, 1995, who subsequently divorced him. Flay's daughter with Connelly, Sophie, was born on April 19, 1996. Flay met up with actress Stephanie March on a blind date in March 2001 and the two began dating, and subsequently Flay proposed in 2003 and they were married in February 20, 2005, exactly four years after their first date at Nobu restaurant.
Flay dropped out of high school at age 17 after he was expelled. Flay took a position making salads at Joe Allen Restaurant in New York's Theatre District, where his father was a partner. Joe Allen was impressed by Flay's natural ability and decided to pay his tuition at the French Culinary Institute and then there was no looking back.
Bobby Flay used to do this show on the Food Network called "Grillin' and Chillin" with another guy called Jack McDavid, who owns Jack's Firehouse in Philadelphia. This was one of the best shows from the early days of the Food TV network. Both guys prepared good looking food with comedic flare and provided useful tips.
I've watched many shows of "Throwdown," but have yet to see Bobby win one. The show is meant to prove that there are people out there better that him, and it does! He does it to showcase other's talents!
Anyway, I like Bobby Flay. He's one of my favorites, besides Nigella, Jamie, Alton Brown, Giada (Everyday Italian) and Rachael Ray.
His Belly is just the slightest bit chubby but it's alright. I like that in a guy, maybe because it makes me look thin. But actually it just goes to prove that he does some good cooking and some good eatin'. However, I've got to say...I think he talks like Elmer Fudd (apologies to this fans !)
I think his big-city-high-school-dropout-makes-good bio is inspiring. I can attest that the food is good, and I hope to visit Bolo if and when I get to visit my “food crazy group” in NJ.
He's great and I think he prefers to lose and that’s one quality I like in him. These people pride themselves on one dish and for him to win; it's probably uncomfortable for everyone involved.
Yeah...sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand.
BOBBY FLAY'S CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD W/ RED CHILE PEANUT DRESSING
I saw Bobby Flay make this salad on one of his grilling specials on the Food Network. I made it last night, and it was delicious. It is great for those who like a little spiciness with a nice crisp, cool salad. It is really easy to make and VERY easy to eat.
SERVES 4 (change servings and units)
. 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
· 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
· 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
· 2 teaspoons chipotle peppers, puree
· 1 tablespoon soy sauce
· 1 tablespoon honey
· 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
· 1/2 cup canola oil
· salt & freshly ground black pepper
· 1/2 head napa cabbage, shredded
· 1/2 head romaine lettuce, shredded
· 2 carrots, shredded
· 1/4 lb snow peas, julienned
· 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
· 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
· 2 cups shredded rotisserie cooked chicken
· 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts
· 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
· chili oil (optional)
· grilled lime, halved for garnish
· Whisk together the vinegar, peanut butter, ginger, chipotle pepper puree, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and canola oil in a medium bowl.
· Season with salt and pepper, to taste
· Combine cabbage, lettuce, carrots, snow peas, cilantro, and green onion in a large bowl.
· Add the dressing and toss to combine.
· Transfer to a serving platter and top with the shredded chicken, chopped peanuts, and mint.
· Drizzle with chili oil, if desired.
· Garnish with grilled lime halves