Bobby Flay has been on Food Network since the days when TV-famous chefs were still a news story that hosts over ten shows for the channel over the years. But almost three decades later, Flay is ready to leave.
Variety announced that after 27 years, Flay and Food Network differ. His current contract expires at the end of the year. As the publication reported, Flay was in negotiations for a new contract, but in the end they could not reach an agreement. It told sources close to the Food Network Variety that the decision to sever the bond between Flay and the network was made “as the sides were far apart on economic terms.”
The first show Flay hosted on Food Network was Grillin ‘& Chillin’, and he quickly became a household name through his various shows, e.g. Beat Bobby Flay, Brunch at Bobby’s, BBQ with Bobby Flay, and Boy meets barbecue.
He also had appearances on Chopped, Iron Chef America, The worst chefs in America, The best I have ever eaten, and The Next Food Network Star, and hosted a cooking show with her daughter, Sophie, called Flaylisten. Flay even became the first chef to ever receive their own Hollywood Walk Of Fame star, thanks to his star status through the Food Network.
So what’s next for the famous chef? After so many years on TV, that probably doesn’t mean his fans can’t see him cooking on screen. If there is something like a celebrity chef who is now a “free agent”, any major streaming platform can choose to do a show with him.
Netflix has tried very hard to expand its range of cooking series in recent years with programs such as The cooking show, Ugly delicious, Midnight meal, and The American barbecue showdown. So, it would not be surprising if some executives raised their ears when they heard about his departure from the Food Network.