n news that will shock the culinary entertainment world, superstar chef Bobby Flay and Food Network will be parting ways after 27 years, Variety reports. In the 27 years that the chef has spent on the network, he has become one of the country’s most recognizable culinary figures.
Flay has been a staple of the Food Network’s programming since 1994, when the network was still in its first year on the air. Starring in shows like the popular “Beat Bobby Flay ” and “Brunch at Bobby’s” to the original “Grillin’ and Chillin’ ” series that established the restaurateur as a charismatic chef barbeque master. He’s also a regular on many Food Network game shows, such as “Chopped,” “Iron Chef America,” “Worst Cooks in America,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and “The Next Food Network Star.”
Food Network and Flay have been in negotiations on a new contract for a while. His current exclusive three-year pact with the network comes to an end this year. Sources close to the situation said that Food Network has ended the negotiations, according to Variety. Variety also says that Flay’s team sees some hardball negotiating tactics afoot. This is due to his representatives at WME declining to comment on the situation by citing the policy of not commenting on active negotiations. Sources close to Food Network say the decision has been made to move on as the sides were far apart on financial terms, Variety also says.
Alongside his TV work, Flay operates many restaurants around the country, and has authored over a dozen cookbooks. In 2015, he became the first TV chef to be recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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