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America’s Next Great Restaurant: Get To Know Investor Bobby Flay

March 23, 2011 09:00 AM by Lisa Princ

NBC‘s newest competition show America’s Next Great Restaurant‘s judge and investor Bobby Flay has become a household name in the United States. From multiple Food Network shows to cookbooks and restaurants across the United States Bobby Flay is determined to change the way Americans look at food. Now is your chance to learn more about Bobby and how he got his start in the culinary world!

America’s Next Great Restaurant investor and judge Bobby Flay is also a renowned chef, restaurant owner, television personality and author. So how did this culinary master get his start? According to NBC “Bobby began working as a cook at the famed theatre district haunt Joe Allen’s. His father, who was a partner in the restaurant, had arranged the job for him. After a short time, Joe Allen himself became so impressed by Flay’s talents that he paid the young cook’s tuition to The French Culinary Institute.”

Bobby Flay worked with Jonathan Waxman at Bud’s and Jams where he found the deletable southwestern flavors in which he decided he wanted to make a part of signature cooking style. After working with Jonathan, Bobby debuted as executive chef at the East Village’s Miracle Grill, where he caught the attention of restaurateur Jerome Kretchmer. Kretchmer offered the 25-year-old the opportunity to create his own sensation at Mesa Grill, which opened in 1991.

Along with dozens of restaurants across the country, Bobby Flay recently published his 10th cookbook “Throwdown!” Bobby Flay is also the resident chef of CBS’s “The Early Show” and his numerous Food Network shows have included his first show, “Grillin’ & Chillin’,” premiered in 1996, followed by “Hot Off the Grill” and “Boy Meets Grill.” Along with participating in many holiday and seasonal Food Network specials over the years, Bobby Flay currently stars in “Iron Chef America,” “Throwdown! with Bobby Flay,” “The Next Food Network Star,” and “Grill It! With Bobby Flay,” the 2009 Emmy award-winning Outstanding Culinary Program. For more on Bobby Flay, be sure to check out NBC Bios: Bobby Flay.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for a brand new episode of America’s Next Great Restaurant on NBC!

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