Name: Robert William “Bobby” Flay
Born: December 10, 1964
Occupation: Celebrity Chef, Restauranteur, Cookbook Author
Robert William “Bobby” Flay is perhaps America’s best known celebrity chef and the first to earn his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but the chef has recently found himself in hot water with his third wife Stephanie March.
Flay was born in New York and raise on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. His love of cooking began early, leading him to request an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas when he was eight years old. Flay dropped out of high school at 17 and soon began working for his father’s partner Joe Allen at a Theater District restaurant. Allen was impressed and paid Flay’s tuition to make him one of the members of the inaugural class at the French Culinary Institute.
Flay worked at several New York restaurants including a quick promotion to executive chef which he resigned when he realized he was not ready to run a kitchen. He eventually came to the attention of restauranteur Lawrence Kretchmer who invited him to become executive chef at the Mesa Grill. He would later become a partner in the restaurant and several others with Kretchmer. The second Mesa Grill, in Las Vegas, would earn Flay his only Michelin star, but the star was removed a year later. Michelin did not publish editions the next two years, preventing Flay from re-earning the star.
Flay began his career as a celebrity chef in 1996 with the Lifetime television program Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay and has gone on to start in several other programs including Boy Meets Grill and Iron Chef.
Flay’s private life has perhaps been less successful with his first two marriages ending in divorce and his third one currently involved in a very acrimonious divorce. Flay married actress Stephanie March, best known for her role of Alexandra Cabot on Law & Order:SVU, in 2005 and the couple separated in 2015, amidst accusations that Flay had affairs with several women, including an on-going affair with his assistant chef.
The dispute seems to center on the couple’s pre-nuptial agreement which gives March $1 million and $5,000 a month in spousal support. In addition to the accusations of unfaithfulness, March has said that Flay gave her a racehorse for their fourth anniversary and then kept both the horse’s winnings and the proceeds from the sale of the horse and that he showed up to their May meeting with attorneys with a publicist in tow.
In early June when Flay was being added to the walk of fame, a plane flying overhead bore a banner reading “Cheater.” Through her attorney, March has denied being responsible for the plane.
With proceeds from his restaurants, television shows and books, Flay has an estimated net worth of $9 million.
How much is $9 million?
With $9 million, Flay could hire a plane with a banner of his own and keep it flying for most of the next three years. A plane with a banner costs about $350 an hour, depending on what part of the country you are in.