The name Kate Connelly only came to the public notice after she got married to a celebrity chef and reality TV personality Bobby Flay who, on the other hand, has been in and out of relationships and has been married thrice.
Bobby is no doubt a successful man who has earned much public respect for his culinary activities on the TV station, Food Network. His innovative style and his love for traditional Southwestern and Mediterranean cuisines are one of a kind and like his professional life, his marriage to Kate got a good start, drawing huge public attention after a lavished wedding ceremony, only for the marriage to crash three years after to the dismay of their growing fans. Let’s find out more about Fay’s ex-wife, Kate Connelly.
Who is Kate Connelly, Bobby Flay’s Ex-Wife?
Kate is an American model and TV host who got hooked up with celebrity chef Bobby Flay. She was born on January 21, 1986, in America’s beautiful city of Minneapolis. Kate’s culinary experience was first a passion that was transferred to her from her mother, a housewife who taught her how to cook all the dishes. Her father, on the other hand, was a journalist. Kate Connelly is an American national and her ethnicity is white.
Kate had her high education at Minneapolis school and after graduation, she went to Massachusetts College where she gained a degree in journalism.
Kate co-own about four restaurants in New York City. Apart from being passionate about cooking, Kate was also interested in modelling and in her early years, she was assigned a number of modelling projects before she started her career as a co-host of a Food Network show, Robin Leach Talking Food, which ended in 1995. Kate also featured in a movie titled Blaze but her rise to fame came just after her marriage to celebrity chef, reality television personality and restaurateur, Bobby Flay.
Her Dating, Relationships and Marriage
Kate met Bobby in 1995 and after a few more meetings, they fell in love with each other and without wasting much time, they got married. Their marriage took place on October 1, 1995, at the Bolo. Although there were no reports about Kate’s past relationship, her marriage to Bobby appears to be her first, but not so for the celebrity chef. Kate was, as a matter of fact, Bobby Flay’s second wife.
Taking a peek into Bobby Flay’s personal life- he was born in New York, on December 10, 1964, as a son to his divorced parents Bill and Dorothy Flay. His real name is Robert William Flay. Bobby dropped out of high school at the age of 17 to start his professional career as a restauranteur and after shuffling between a job as a chef and as a stockbroker, he finally settled as a chef after opening his own restaurant known as Mesa Grill which faired well and won much acclaim. While the restaurant was awarded the New York Magazine‘s Best Restaurant 1992, Flay was named the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year. The same year he partnered with Laurence Kretchmer to open Bolo Bar & Restaurant in November 1993. Following the success of Mesa Grill, he went ahead to open Mesa Grill 2 in Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas’s. Others he opened include Bistro Bar Americain (2005); Bobby Flay Steak (2006); Mesa Grill Bahamas (2007); and Bar Americain 2 at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun casino in 2009.
Flay has appeared and hosted a good number of TV Food Network shows some of which include Throwdown With Bobby Flay, and Grill It! With Bobby Flay. His appearances made him popular as one of America’s best-known chefs. When Kate met Flay, he was already separated from his first wife Debra Ponzek. Kate became his second wife after their marriage on October 1, 1995. before close friends and relatives in Bolo.
Bobby Flay and Kate Connelly shared a daughter Sophie Connelly who was born on April 16, 1996. Three years into their marriage, the two began to drift apart. They finally separated in 1998 but decided to take care of their daughter together.
After divorcing Flay, Kate Connelly has kept her personal life away from the public view. Consequently, there are no reports of her relationship with any man. Robert Flay, on the other hand, went on to marry his newly found love Stephanie March but the couple divorced in 2015. He is now dating a Canadian actress and singer, Helene Yorke.