Celebrity chef Bobby Flay will be leaving the Discovery-owned Food Network channel by the end of 2021 after 27 years, US media reported.
According to a Variety report, the 56-year-old restaurateur’s recent three-year deal with Food Network ends in December. Negotiations to renew his contract were futile, as both sides failed to agree on the same financial terms.
Flay has been a staple TV personality of the Food Network since its on-air premiere in 1994. The cookbook author and host has had several cooking shows under his name: Beat Bobby Flay, Brunch at Bobby’s, Grillin’ and Chillin’, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Bobby’s Basics, and The Flay List, a food and travel show with his daughter Sophie. They also host the Always Hungry podcast together.
Flay has also appeared in many cooking competitions either as a judge or contestant, such as on Chopped, The Next Food Network Star, Worst Cooks in America, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and Iron Chef America. Flay left Iron Chef America in 2017 due to “physical and emotional exhaustion.”
Flay received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2015, making him the first television chef to do so. His restaurants include Las Vegas’ Amalfi, Bobby’s Burger Palace, and New York’s Gato. – Rappler.com