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Step aside, Hollywood: The Food Network has entered the building. For the first time, a chef will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the honor goes to… the envelope, please… Bobby Flay. Iron Chef Bobby Flay, host of a mind-boggling number of Food Network shows, will receive an honorary star on the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard this June 2. This honor comes despite the fact that Flay has only been involved with cooking and food competition shows, like Iron Chef, Beat Bobby Flay, and Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, unless you count his brief appearances on Entourage, Law and Order, and Eddie's Million Dollar Cookoff.
President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Leron Gubler will host the ceremony, which will also feature guest speeches by chef Michael Symon; Brook Johnson, president of the Food Network; and Flay’s daughter, Sophie Flay. Although Flay does not have a restaurant in Hollywood or Los Angeles, his star will live forever in the City of Angels in front of 6141 Hollywood Boulevard.
"We are thrilled to honor our very first culinary star on our fabled Walk of Fame,” Gubler said in a press release. “Bobby Flay has entertained the masses with his culinary expertise and has opened the eyes of food lovers everywhere."
But the honor does not come without criticism. An LA Weekly editorial gave a list of chefs that they believed should have gotten the star before him, including Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, and Julia Child.