Bobby Speaks Out: His Advice to Battle Rivals and His Culinary Weak Spots

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, July 24th, 2014

Beat Bobby FlayBetween Iron Chef America, Throwdown and the premiere season of Beat Bobby Flay, Bobby Flay has faced his share of culinary competitors. He’s no stranger to the demands of heated battles and knows what it takes to succeed in a pressure-packed arena. But, after all, as the goal of Beat Bobby Flay is to find a rival who can take him down, there’s no shortage of chefs ready to try their hands — and recipes — against those of the famed Iron Chef. FN Dish caught up with Bobby on the set of Beat Bobby Flay to learn his advice to his future competitors and what he thinks they ought to do to succeed. Read on below to hear what he had to say and find out what he revealed to be his culinary weak points.

What advice would you give a competitor preparing to battle you for the first time?
Bobby Flay: My advice would be … to challenge me to a dish that they’re really well-versed in, because the lights, the cameras and the action are going to be an obstacle that they probably don’t think is going to be a big deal, but it is.

FN Dish has been asking all of the special guests — your friends and colleagues — what they think it takes to beat you, but we want to hear it from you, too. What should finalists do to have a chance at taking you down?
BF: They have to bring flavor, because if it’s well-executed and it’s not really bursting with flavor, I’m probably going to overwhelm them.

What do you consider to be your weak spots in the kitchen — if you have any?
BF: Anything with butter, sugar, flour and eggs. Anything that consists of a dough.

Don’t miss the Season 2 premiere of Beat Bobby Flay on Thursday, July 31 at 10|9c.

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Comments (4)

  1. cory says:

    so bobby are you saying that someone can put you to the test by make you battle in a pastry contest come on I have watched you for years and that is your weak point

  2. Ronald says:

    Even though Dough cooking is easy to make, it's sometimes hard to master at it.

  3. jtrobertsj says:

    Ah yes the FN. I watched it today, for the first time in many years. My roots in the FN go back to David Rosengarten and Two Fat Ladies. There is little food left in the FN. Personality is all that is left. FN lost me at the infamous Emiral sushi roll episode. Rachel Ray features her bubbly personality. There is no chef there. The cooking competitions pale in comparison to the Japanese cooking wars.

    Bobby Flay was the darling of the CIA. I was there. Great personality, great chef. But where are the people who trained at El Bulli, The Fatted Pig, Aliana's and Per Se? WHERE IS Eleven Madison Avenue? Nowhere to be found. Where is sous vide on this network? The FN is basically entertainment. Nothing more. If you care about food buy a modern cookbook and do not watch.

  4. Grace Ann Hahl says:

    I've watched the first two episodes of the new season so far. For some reason I think it's kinda silly for you to reveal some of your weaknesses, like your desert skills. I'm pretty sure somebody's gonna win and take you on in desert Bobby, seeing it happen….seeing it happen….. (PS: Watch out.)

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