These days, you can catch culinary guru Bobby Flay on Food Network’s Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, Food Network Star, Iron Chef America and Cooking Channel’s Brunch @ Bobby’s. And, of course, he oversees a slew of restaurants, which include Bar Americain in Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Mesa Grill in Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Gato in New York City and a rapidly expanding Bobby’s Burger Palace chain (there are 19 locations and counting).
In between the rigorous shooting schedule and running his restaurant empire, Flay somehow found time to get down to February’s South Beach Wine and Food Festival. During our chat and cooking lesson at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Loews Miami Beach Hotel, we talked hot sauce, emojis, Jay Z and his go-to Miami restaurants.
If you could be an emoji what would you be?
Me licking a vanilla ice cream cone.
Salt or pepper?
Sriracha or hot sauce?
Scrambled eggs or sunny-side up?
Sunny-side up — that’s where all the flavor is, in the yolk.
What is your favorite song to get you in the mood for cooking?
Hip-hop all the way. I’m from New York City! Jay Z, T.I., Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj.
You can’t live without…
Cheeseburgers, lobster and ice cream.
Ice cream? I didn’t see you as a sweets guy.
Yeah, I love ice cream. Anything vanilla based.
What do you love about grilling?
Creating a crusty depth of flavor and creating a contrast.
What’s a great trick or technique you use in the kitchen that people may not know about? Using high heat in a cast-iron pan. It’s also economical.