Fame is a much sought-after mistress and there are plenty of ways many have found her. Some have found her through excellence in their field of work, others have inherited while for some, it simply fell on their laps. Sophie Flay, being the daughter of celebrity chef and successful restauranteur, Bobby Flay, belongs in a couple of the latter categories, but she is well on her way to solidifying it through her hard work.
With Sophie well on her way to becoming a media personality of her own, it is worth taking a look at who she is, familiarizing ourselves with the heiress of the celebrity chef’s empire. Take a look at who Sophie Flay is below.
Who is Sophie Flay?
Sophie Flay is a rising media personality and the daughter of the popular chef, Bobby Flay and his ex-wife, Kate Connelly, the TV host. She was born on the 16th of April 1996 and was raised between New York and Connecticut because her parents got divorced when she was three years old.
For a long time, she existed out of media attention, during which she began and completed her education, up to college-level where she earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California after completing her high school at Fairfield Warde High School in Connecticut.
Now well on her way to becoming a media star in her own right, Sophie Flay’s first media roles came in her college years. As a performer, she was a member of the acappella group, The Sirens, and she also worked for the USC broadcast radio, KXSC, where she was a radio host, a reporter. Sophie was also an editor for the media publication, USC Annenberg Media.
She has also worked as an intern for some media organizations, such as NBC, Dash Radio, Warner Brothers, ABC Digital News and the PR film, Becca PR. She also worked as an advertising voice artist for music streaming platform, Spotify.
On TV, she made her first appearance in an episode of America’s Next Great Restaurant in 2011, and in 2013, her second TV appearance came on an episode of Rachael Ray.
What Does She Do?
With a celebrity chef as a father whose career is intertwined with the media, Sophie Flay has chosen to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a host and so far, she has been doing a great job, building a fan base that could one day rival her father’s.
After her first two TV appearances, Sophie made further appearances on her father’s shows like Beat Bobby Flay and Brunch at Bobby’s. Despite a charming presence on the shows, they were all guest appearances, until 2019 when she began co-hosting a show with her father.
The two of them began hosting the show, The Flay List in 2019. The show, which is hosted on the Food Network, focuses on both of them going around New York City restaurants checking out the best local dishes made by restaurants in the city.
Contrasting Bobby Flay’s preference for old and traditional restaurants to Sophie’s younger and trendy interests, the show showcases the generational gap between the two hosts through food.
Outside of the show, she also works with her father in order capacities like hosting a late-night event, Sweet Moves: Late Night Desserts and Dancing and the show, Celebrity Page.
Relationship with her Father
Considering her career has seen her work a lot with her father, it is fair to presume that Sophie Flay has a great relationship with her father. However, it is a relationship that goes beyond their respective media careers.
They both share a love for animals, with her preference being a horse compared to her father who is a cat lover. Sophie is known to make regular appearances at horse races.
When asked about his daughter, Bobby Flay has repeatedly praised her for making parenting easy for him, and one can see how true that is on his Instagram page where he has tons of pictures with her.
Other Facts About Sophie Flay
In high school, Sophie Flay was a member of the lacrosse team and she was also a track athlete. She competed in multiple races during her high school years.
A recipe from one of her father’s shows, Hot Off The Grill with Bobby Flay is named after her. The recipe is named Sophie’s Chopped Salad.
During her time as an intern with NBC, she traveled to Brazil to cover the 2016 Rio Olympics.