Kate Connelly is an American TV host, particularly of popular TV cooking shows such as the Television Food Network’s “Robin Leach Talking Food” show, but who is probably best known for being an ex-spouse of American celebrity chef, restauranteur and television star Bobby Flay.
Biography and Early Life
Kate Connelly was born under the zodiac sign of Aries on the 21st March 1964, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, and is of white ethnicity while her nationality is American. Further details about her family’s background have never been publicly revealed to the present day, except that her father is a journalist and her mother is a housewife. Upon matriculating from a local high school, Kate enrolled at Massachusetts College, from which she graduated with a degree in journalism.
Prior to diving into journalism full time, Kate began her professional career as a model, but later decided to abandon this in favour of uniting her two passions – cooking and journalism. Interested in cooking, she had gained her first culinary experiences while still a child, when her mother began showing her around the kitchen. After years of honing her cooking skills, in the early 1990s Kate Connelly became a co-host of the TV show “Robin Leach Talking Food”, which aired on the Television Food Network ’til 1995.
Marriage With Bobby Flay
Kate and Bobby first met in 1994 when he guest-starred in an episode of “Robin Leach Talking Food” TV show, and they were ‘instantly attracted to each other’, so soon began dating. After only a couple of months, Kate and Bobby became engaged, which was followed by an intimate wedding ceremony that took place on the 1st October 1995.
However, this was not their first marital experience – between 1991 and 1993 Flay was married to Debra Ponzek, while Kate had already become a mother from one of her previous relationships. However, after three years of marriage during which they welcomed a daughter named Sophie born in 1996, the duo first separated in 1998, and divorced soon afterwards, the reasons behind it still remain unknown publicly.
Robert William ‘Bobby’ Flay was born on the 10th December 1964, in Manhattan, New York City, USA, where he was raised. At the age of 17 he dropped out of high school, and began to pursue a career in the culinary business. His natural talent managed to impress Joe Allen, the owner of the restaurant where Flay worked as a salad maker, so he paid Bobby’s tuition at the French Culinary Institute from which in 1984 he received a degree in culinary arts. After honing his culinary skills as a sous-chef, Flay was appointed as the executive chef of the Brighton Grill restaurant on NYC’s Third Avenue, then worked for Jonathan Waxman’s Bud and Jams restaurant, before moving to Miracle Grill in 1988.
In 1991 Bobby teamed up with Jerome Kretchmer and became the executive chef of his Mesa Grill restaurant, where he eventually became a partner as well. In 1993, Flay opened his first restaurant – Bolo Bar & Restaurant, since when Flay has claimed ownership over several restaurants such as Bar American, Bobby Flay Steak as well as the Las Vegas Mesa Grill, which was honored with the prestigious Michelin Star in 2008. Apart from these, Flay served as the master instructor at the French Culinary Institute, and appeared in numerous TV shows such as “BBQ with Bobby Flay”, “Throwdown! with Bobby Flay” and “Iron Chef America” to name a few. After divorcing Kate Connelly in 1998, in 2005 he married American actress Stephanie March, from who he separated in 2015, and since 2016 he has been in a relationship with Canadian entertainer Heléne Yorke.
In addition to all those mentioned above, Kate Connelly is also a co-owner of several of Bobby Flay’s restaurants which he opened during their marriage.
Net Worth of $2.3 Million
Have you ever wondered how much wealth this American television personality has accumulated so far? How rich Kate Connelly is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total of Kate Connelly’s net worth, as of early 2019, is over $2.3 million, which has been acquired through several ways – her television career, divorce from Bobby Flay whose current net worth is estimated at $30 million, as well as through the abovementioned restaurant co-ownership.
Not much is known about Kate personal life after her divorce from Bobby Flay, as she has somehow managed to keep it quite private and far from the media.
The 55-year-old Kate sports a genuine hourglass figure, with vital statistics of 36-28-36, and in addition her brown eyes and hazel-colored hair make her appearance quite alluring.