News – “Bobby Flay Explains Why He Quit Iron Chef During Filming—and Why Food Network Was ‘Not Thrilled'” – After reports surfaced that Bobby Flay abruptly quit Iron Chef Showdown during filming, the celebrity chef initially brushed off the incident as a joke. Now, Flay has confirmed he indeed will no longer be competing on the show—and is explaining his decision.

“I’ve done over 100 Iron Chef competitions, and frankly they are exhausting,” Flay said on Saturday during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. “They are exhausting physically but, even moreso, they are exhausting emotionally.”

“When I do a season, I do between 6 and 8 [battles] in a week and it crushes me because it’s 60 minutes of pure energy, creativity and execution,” he said during an “In Conversation” discussion moderated by Michael Symon. “And so at some point I was like, ‘I’ve been doing this for a long time and I want to go out on a high note.’”


Bobby Flay at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Bobby Flay at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival
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During his final competition over the summer, Flay removed his chef’s coat 20 minutes in to reveal a shirt that read: “THIS IS MY LAST IRON CHEF BATTLE EVER.” Flay explained that the drama of the stunt was precisely why he did it. “I wanted everyone to know that this is my last Iron Chef battle,” he said. “And my objective, though it was probably not the best idea, was that that’s what would be filmed. When the camera’s on you, that’s what the viewer would see. So I did it.”

I still got beef with Bobby Flay over him coming for Ari’s wife!!

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