Stamford Advocate

Flay set to depart Food Network after 27 years


On Food Network, the roles have reversed and it’s the chef that’s on the chopping block.

After nearly three decades with Food Network, renowned chef Bobby Flay and the network have agreed to part ways after contract negotiatio­ns between the two parties failed.

Flay’s three-year contract concludes at the end of the year.

Representa­tives from Flay’s management team at WME did not comment on the news, saying that it is their policy not to address ongoing negotiatio­ns. Despite WME’s claims of negotiatio­ns still taking place, Food Network sources told Variety that the Discovery-owned cable channel has made its decision and won’t be able to agree on the financial terms.

Flay made his first appearance on Food Network in 1994 when it had been on TV for less than a year.

In his time there, Flay has hosted a multitude of programmin­g, including “Beat Bobby Flay” and “Brunch at Bobby’s.” He also made regular appearance­s on popular shows like “Chopped,” “Iron Chef America,” “Worst Cooks in America” and “The Next Food Network Star.”

In 2015, Flay became the first TV chef to have a star placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also owns many restaurant­s around the country in addition to writing over a dozen cookbooks.

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