|January 21, 1966
|American TV host, Chef, Model, Restaurateur, Mother of Sophie Flay, Ex-wife of Bobby Flay.
Kate Connelly is an American TV personality, mainly popular for cooking shows on The Food Network. Yet, many people still recognize her as the mother of Sophie Flay and ex-spouse of American celebrity chef, and television star Bobby Flay.
But she is more than just an ex-wife to the restaurateur. Let’s find out more about Kate and her life, including her married life with celebrity chef Bobby Flay.
Born in March 1964 to a journalist father and a housewife mother, Kate spent most of her childhood in Minneapolis.
There is not much information about her parents, aside from their professional careers. We know her father was a journalist, and her mother spent most of the time at home taking care of the household.
You can say Kate followed in her father’s footsteps.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she is of white ethnicity and American nationality. There has been no more publicly revealed information about the background of her family.
Upon matriculating from a local high school, she enrolled at Massachusetts College, where she graduated with a degree in journalism. Growing up, she attended a private school as well.
Fun fact: before embarking on a journalism career, she had a childhood dream of becoming a model. Growing up, she also enjoyed playing football, rugby, and cooking.
Young Kate even tried to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a model. Yet, after some time, she lost interest and decided to shift her focus to another field.
Juggling between cooking and journalism, she chose the latter. You can say she was already an aspiring chef from everything she learned from her housewife mother.
Following her BA in journalism, in 1990, Kate co-hosted a TV show called Robin Leach Taking Food. That show lasted up until 1995 on the television food network.
Here is another fun fact. She also worked as an actress, even appearing in a movie alongside Chris Hemsworth. Kate is a co-owner of four restaurants in New York City and some of the restaurants are owned by her ex-husband.
Now let’s talk about the reason why Kate came into the spotlight. Most fans recognize her as the ex-spouse of American chef Bobby Flay. She is his second wife.
Kate and famous TV personality Bobby Flay met for the first time in 1994. That was one year after his divorce from his first wife. And the two of them hit it off immediately. In October 1995, Kate and Bobby got married, but it didn’t last long.
You can say whatever was working before the marriage, didn’t work in it. They legally separated in 1998 and divorced shortly after.
How did they meet? Well, he guest-starred in an episode of Robin Leach Talking Food TV Show. They were instantly attracted to each other and began dating.
Before his marriage to Kate, Flay was married to Debra Ponzek. Kate, on the other hand, had a child from her previous relationship.
Kate and Bobby also had a child. They welcomed their daughter Sophie Flay in 1996. The reasons behind their divorce remain unknown to the public to this day.
Yet, despite the short time they were married, they were blessed with a child. Their daughter Sophie Flay remains the only child of Bobby, despite his three marriages.
Sophie is a graduate of the University of Southern California. She has a degree in broadcast journalism. You can say she continues the family’s tradition on her mother’s side.
Sophie works as a community journalist at ABC7, and before that, she interned at NBC, Warner Bross, and the TVG network. In 2016, she covered the 2016 Summer Olympics as part of her internship at NBC Sports Group. In 2018, she also covered the 2018 Winter Olympics for the Today show.
She has also appeared on a couple of her father’s show, including Beat Bobby Flay and Brunch at Bobby’s.
Her Celebrity Husband
We said most people recognize Kate Connelly due to her marriage to American TV personality Bobby Flay. Born Robert William Flay in December 1964, he is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, and reality television personality.
He is the owner and executive chef of several restaurants and franchises, including Bobby’s Burger Palace, Bobby’s Burgers, and Amalfi.
Bobby has worked with the Food Network since 1995. During his career, he has won the Daytime Emmy Award four times. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
As a fourth-generation of Irish American family, he was raised Catholic and attended denominational schools as a child.
Even as a young kid, he showed interest in cooking, as king easy-bake oven for Christmas from his father. Instead, his father wanted to buy him a G.I. Joe, which would be more gender-appropriate. But he got both gifts.
Flay dropped out of high school at age 17 and started working as a chef. He first worked in a pizza parlor and Baskin-Robbins, then as a salad guy at Joe Allen Restaurant Theater District, and more.
After getting a degree in culinary arts at the French Culinary Institute, Flay started his professional chef career.
Where Is She Now?
So, where is Kate Connelly nowadays? What is she doing following her divorce from Bobby Flay? Well, not much is known about her personal life.
Somehow, Kate has managed to keep it quite private and far from the media. She is in her 50s now and still has an hourglass figure.
A big part of keeping her personal life private is staying away from social media. The former wife of Bobby doesn’t own an official account on any social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or anything else.
How much is Kate Connelly’s net worth? Well, as an American television personality, she has managed to earn a decent amount. According to some sources, she has a net worth of more than $2.5 million.
Now, that might sound like a lot, but compare it to her former husband, and it is not. Bobby has a net worth of more than $30 million.