Several years ago, I had no beef with Bobby Flay. I like seeing my Food Network babies grow up into big time stars. I remember watching Emeril back in the 90's, when all he did was cook out of a tiny kitchen and now look at our boy with his own studio and audience. Bam indeed!
Our problem with Bobbo is that he's kinda, I don't know, turning into a bit of a pompous jerk. We know he's famous for his Tex-Mex style of cooking, but just because you throw a jalepeno into something does not make it Tex-Mex.
I think Bobby's jerkiness started in 1997 (and most people seem to agree) after an Iron Chef battle against Morimoto. Before judging even started, Flay stood on his cutting board and pumped his fists in premature victory, being an ignorant American and not realizing cutting boards and knives are sacred in Japan.
Spoiler Alert: He ended up losing and blamed everything, including the Earth's gravitational pull, on his loss.
If you have 7 minutes to kill, you can watch the video here. Flay went on to challenge Morimoto to a rematch in his homeland of Japan where, surprise surprise, Flay jumped on the counter AGAIN. He ended up winning that round, but I think they just gave it to him cause they were sick of his bitching.
Another thing that irks me is that Bobby has a show dedicated to him proving he can cook your dishes better than you. Dude, you're a professional chef with extensive training, of course you're going to find a way to make my meatballs better.
Probably by throwing some habaneros...
I'm always really happy when Bobby loses these competitions, especially because I think the judging needs to be improved. People have different tastes, so naturally if a judge likes spicier food well OF COURSE they are going to go with Bobby's Tex-Mex Spice and Pepper whatever creation he has made.
I'll leave it at this: if Bobby Flay ever rings my doorbell to throw down with me, I'm just going to shut the door in his face. Take you and your ego elsewhere, Bobbo.