In case you’ve been living in a cave, I just wanted to reiterate that Bobby Flay and Paula Deen were in Dallas over the weekend for the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show. Bflay – the Food Network star of countless TV shows (some hot, some not) – rocked my Saturday morning in the Celebrity Theater by doing what he does best: grill the heck out of meat. He decided to do a thick ribeye steak and make a Southwestern potato salad since he was in the company of Dallas people. Nobody complained. In fact, everyone loved him. So, despite rumors that Mr. Flay, in real life, is a bit of a jack… o’ lantern, he managed to woo Dallas and make everyone in the audience (even the skeptic food bloggers I sat next to) drink the Flay Kool Aid.
Big fans of Bobby probably already know this information I’m about to reveal to you. If you stalk him, these details won’t come as a surprise. If you don’t, then enjoy these five little tidbits about Bflay, the red-headed chef.
1. Bobby Flay’s wife, Stephanie March (an actress on Law & Order: SVU) grew up in Dallas. In fact, she went to Highland Park High School.
2. The Food Network chef loves cilantro. “The cilantro haters are going away more and more,” he said. “Thank goodness.”
3. Um, Bobby’s favorite grill? Something called “The Big Green Egg.” According to him, people who have the Big Green Egg are a cult following. Bobby is probably a part of that cult, then.
4. Mr. Flay dropped the news that he’s working on a show called Bobby’s Dinner Battle. The main focus is on home cooks, and people will compete in teams of two.
5. Bobby ate at Stephan Pyles (he called it “amazing”), Mi Cocina, and Sissy’s while he was in Dallas. He called Sissy’s “an adorable place” with “food there [that tastes] like home,” and also admitted that he was rooting for owner Lisa Garza to win The Next Food Network Star when she was competing.