Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Bobby Flay received the 2,553rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday, with the distinction of being the first chef to be honored.

Flay’s fellow “Iron Chef” Michael Symon, Food Network and Cooking Channel President Brooke Johnson and Flay’s daughter Sophie were among those joining him at the ceremony in front of Eastown Apartments on Hollywood Boulevard.

Flay said his love of cooking began in his childhood.

“Knowing Julia (Child) was one of the great joys of my life. She was an amazing person,” he said. “When most of my friends were watching cartoons, I was watching Julia, and I was watching The Galloping Gourmet, really the first people to really cook on television and make it fun.”

The ceremony came five days before the start of the 11th season of the search for the next great television food personality, “Food Network Star,” which Flay co-hosts.

Flay first appeared on Food Network in 1994. His series have included “Grillin’ & Chillin,”‘ “Hot Off the Grill,” “Boy Meets Grill,” “Throwdown With Bobby Flay,” “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction,” “Guilty Pleasures,” “Iron Chef America” and “Brunch @ Bobby’s.”

Flay began his cooking career when he was 17 years old as a cook at New York’s famed Theatre District restaurant, Joe Allen’s, in a job arranged by his father, a partner in the restaurant. After a short time, Joe Allen himself became so impressed by Flay’s talents that he paid his tuition to the French Culinary Institute.

Flay went on to be a chef at several restaurants. He is the executive chef and owner of Bar Americain in New York City and Connecticut, Gato in New York City, Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City, the Mesa Grill in Las Vegas and the Bahamas and the Bobby’s Burger Palace chain.

—City News Service

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