Bobby and So­phie Flay share meals and mem­o­ries on ‘The Flay List’

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Tasty Tv - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

Bobby and So­phie Flay have al­ways bonded over food, he as the chef and she as the diner and taste-tester, and now their re­la­tion­ship is front and cen­ter of a re­cently pre­miered se­ries on Food Net­work.

In “The Flay List,” air­ing Thurs­days, the chef, restau­ra­teur and net­work per­son­al­ity and his 23-year-old daugh­ter bring view­ers along on a foodie tour of New York City, each tak­ing the other to a place that they think is par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy. But these picks aren’t lim­ited to fine-din­ing estab­lish­ments. Far from it in fact, as burger, taco and pizza joints are usu­ally in the mix, with the se­nior Flay’s tastes tend­ing to­ward Big Ap­ple clas­sics that the two fre­quented in her child­hood and So­phie’s run­ning to places she’s dis­cov­ered that are get­ting a lot of buzz.

As the two sam­ple a sin­gle dish, they walk down mem­ory lane and dis­cuss why the meal and the eatery is im­por­tant to them.

“He brought me to some of his fa­vorites, clas­sics, New York staples,” So­phie Flay ex­plains, “but then I got to bring him to dif­fer­ent restau­rants that are do­ing the same vari­a­tion, whether it be a burger or a taco but a lit­tle bit newer and fresher . ... Ev­ery place that we went to was amaz­ing. Taste-wise, fla­vor­wise ev­ery­thing was great but it was a very cool op­por­tu­nity to kind of see what he was used to and what he thinks is some of the best food in New York, and for me to kind of have had that ex­pe­ri­ence grow­ing up and to show him places that I found along the way ob­vi­ously based off of what he likes and what he thinks is some of the best in New York City.”

In this Thurs­day’s episode, fried chicken is on the menu, as the pair visit two estab­lish­ments with to­tally dif­fer­ent takes on the dish.

“Sweet Chick I think is such a fun restau­rant and of course the food is great,” So­phie Flay says of the Lower East Side eatery. “One of my fa­vorite dishes is the or­ange chicken with the broc­coli waffle, which you might be see­ing in the episode. And they’re al­ways play­ing hip-hop. John Sey­mour is a great guy and has re­ally made a chicken-and-waf­fles place su­per­authen­tic. He’s a New York City kid and it def­i­nitely feels like a nice lit­tle chicken-and-waf­fles (place) and it’s got a great New York City vibe to it.”

As for Dad’s pick, that would be Blue Rib­bon, which touts their bird as be­ing “World Fa­mous.”

“I grew up eat­ing that fried chicken,” she says, “and he has so many sto­ries from when he was younger about eat­ing that chicken, too, kind of just com­ing up in the New York City food scene.”

“It’s al­ways great to go back and go to the places and the restau­rants that re­mind you of home,” she adds.

Bobby and So­phie Flay

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