Chef Bobby Flay has been a Food Network staple since 1994, and he will conclude his time with the channel after an illustrious career at the end of 2021. Over the years, he's starred on a number of original programs, including Beat Bobby Flay, Worst Cooks in America, Iron Chef America, Bobby and Giada in Italy, and BBQ Brawl.
Outside of his cooking show endeavors, the chef extraordinaire is also a proud father to Sophie Flay. The twentysomething is proving to be a star in her own right, and Food Network fans may recognize her from her past appearances on several of her dad's shows.
Who is Sophie Flay aside from being Bobby's only daughter? She has an impressive broadcasting background and you may have heard her voice on one of your favorite apps before.
Who is Sophie Flay's mother?
Bobby Flay has made headlines with his romantic history in the past, especially after he divorced third wife, Stephanie March. The Food Network personality was first married in 1991 to fellow chef Debra Ponzek — and the two were both nominated for James Beard Awards for Rising Star Chef in 1992 (Debra won). The pair had only been together for a few weeks when they decided to wed, and by 1993, they were divorced.
Bobby's failed first marriage didn't deter him from the institution in general, and he married single mom Kate Connelly in 1995. Kate and Bobby met at her workplace, when he was the guest on the show Robin Leach Talking Food in the mid-90s.
The two embarked on a romance, and they welcomed Sophie about a year after their wedding, in 1996. Kate already had a son named Jonathan from a prior relationship, and Sophie was her only child with Bobby.
The pair split in 1998, and Sophie largely grew up on the East coast.
Though Sophie spent most of her upbringing in the New York area, she was ultimately drawn to the California lifestyle. She attended the University of Southern California (USC) where she graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism in 2018. She also has an impressive resume to boot.
What does Sophie Flay do for a living? Is she a chef like her dad?
Before Sophie and Bobby were co-stars on their short-lived 2019 Food Network series, The Flay List (which followed the father-daughter duo as they explored eateries in the New York area), the USC grad did appear on several other shows that her dad either hosted or was a guest on.
She went on Rachael Ray with Bobby in 2013, when she was just 17. The pair talked about how Bobby is a "pushover" when it comes to his only child, but that Sophie's good behavior made it easy to let her get her way. She later appeared on several of her dad's shows, like Brunch at Bobby's and Beat Bobby Flay.
Sophie has proven herself to be quite the go-getter too, so it's clear that she's not relying on her dad's legacy to support her. She isn't directly following in Bobby's footsteps as a trained chef, but she is looking to lead a life in the public eye.
She interned at NBC News after her freshman year of college, and she later took on an interning role for the Olympics at the network a year later. She's also interned at Warner Bros., and she did voice-over work for Spotify from 2016 until 2018.
Once Sophie graduated from USC, she spent some time in New York before she made a permanent move to Los Angeles. She got a job at ABC7 in L.A. as a community journalist, and she reports some of the local news in that area.
She also started an iHeartRadio podcast with her dad called Always Hungry with Bobby Flay and Sophie Flay. The two started the series, which focuses on their food experiences and cooking ventures, in the summer 2021. New episodes have continued to come out on Tuesdays.
In addition to her day job and her podcasting work, Sophie is a contributor for Localish as well.
Beat Bobby Flay airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on the Food Network.