Food Nation With Bobby Flay

FOOD TELEVISION – Sunday 13 December, 6.30pm

Bobby Flay wants to return some of the goodwill that has been extended to him over the course of his career. Bobby Flay discovered his culinary identity at the age of 17, working as a cook at the famed theatre district haunt, Joe Allen’s. The job had been arranged by his father, who was a partner in the restaurant. After a short time, Joe Allen himself became so impressed by Bobby Flay’s emerging talents that he paid the young cook’s tuition to The French Culinary Institute. This is where he returns to establish a scholarship and mentor a promising chef from the NYC public school system. Bobby Flay works closely with budding young chefs in Long Island City High School’s C-Cap (Careers through Culinary Arts Program), and then faces the difficult task of choosing which student has the greatest potential, and should be awarded the life changing prize – receiving the prestigious scholarship at the French Culinary Institute. This proves harder than it sounds for Bobby, who begins to see that each of his hand picked final students all show their own style, promise and enthusiasm to follow in his footsteps.

As host, reporter, travel guide and chef, Bobby Flay explores cities and regions across the U.S., examining local culinary history and character. Meet the people who keep these culinary traditions alive and take them to new heights.

Mondays from 18 February, 9.00pm on Food TV