How Much Does It Cost To Hire Bobby Flay?

Ever consider hiring your own celebrity chef? If you were thinking about hosting your own version of Iron Chef for game night, you might consider hiring Bobby Flay. He has appeared on Iron Chef America and on his own show, Throwdown With Bobby Flay, where he challenges people to a cook-off of their signature dish, making him an ideal contestant. However, many different factors go into the cost of hiring Flay.

The first thing to consider is what you want him to do at the appearance. Do you want him to do a cooking demonstration, speak, or just make an appearance and pose for photographs? This all affects the price. The game night scenario is likely to be higher because he would be doing more (via Celebrity Talent).

The level of demand to hire a chef also affects their fees, so more popular chefs will command higher fees. Bobby Flay currently has a cooking show, Beat Bobby Flay, that airs on The Food Network. Flay also serves as a Food Correspondent for The Early Show on CBS. As a result of these commitments, Flay has less available free time, which probably increases his fee.

The bottom line for hiring Bobby Flay

Flay is not as big a name as someone like Gordon Ramsay, so you can book him for less money — but you still need a large budget. His fee ranges from $30,000 to $50,000 (via Speaker Booking Agency). The booking agency notes that he travels from New York, so expect to pay for his accommodations as well. Before booking him, you should note that prices for booking the celeb chef vary wildly, as other booking sites have his fee listed at over $100,000 (via Celebrity Chef Network).

For that fee, you are getting an accomplished chef. Mesa Grill in New York was the first restaurant Flay opened, and since then he has opened numerous additional restaurants and written nine books (via Celebrity Speakers Bureau). He has also appeared on multiple television shows including Iron Chef America, The Rachael Ray Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as well as starring in the cooking shows Brunch at Bobby's, Throwdown With Bobby Flay, and Grill It With Bobby Flay.

For that $30,000 to $50,000 (or over $100,000, depending on who you ask), at least you know that game night will be a hit.