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Bobby Flay wants to be remembered for the right things

November 15, 2009 - Andy Gray
I went to the Fabulous Food Show in Cleveland today so my daughter could see two of her favorite chefs – Michael Symon and Bobby Flay.

We had seats for Flay’s cooking demonstration. As good as the food looked and smelled, I was more impressed by a story he told during the performance. An audience member asked him if he would follow “Iron Chef” host Mark Dacascos’ lead and become a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Flay said he’s been asked twice to compete on the show, and he loves to dance. But he’ll never do it. The first time he was asked, his daughter urged him to accept. He said no, and someday he’d explain why.

Shortly after, the family was in the Bahamas at the Atlantis Resort, which has one of Flay’s Mesa Grill restaurants. He and his daughter were in the water when a man comes up to them. He told Flay how much he loved his restaurants and how much he respects him as a chef. He said he met his wife at one of his restaurants, they celebrated special occasions there, and now that they have children they bring the kids to his restaurants so they can experience them.

When the man left, Flay told his daughter that’s the reason he won’t do “Dancing with the Stars.”

“That’s how you want to be remembered,” he said, not having guys come up to you and go, “Hey, Bobby. Saw you on that dance show. Nice moves.”

At a time when everyone seems willing to do anything for just a little bit more fame, it was a refreshing sentiment.


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Bobby Flay does a cooking demonstration at the Fabulous Food Show at the I-X Center in Cleveland. (Photo by Andy Gray)