Kate Connelly is an American TV actress and host, particularly of the acclaimed cooking show “Robin Leach Talking Food,” which aired on Television Food Network. She’s also known for being the estranged wife of the TV star, celebrity chef, and restauranter, Bobby Flay.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, under the Aries zodiac sign on 21 March 1964, Kate Connelly is 58 years old as of early 2022. Her parents were a journalist and a housewife, but she hasn’t disclosed their names or those of any siblings. She grew up with great interest in modeling, and was assigned several modeling assignments as a child.
She was also very passionate about cooking, and her mother taught her how to prepare a wide array of dishes. Connelly went to a local high school, and matriculated to Massachusetts College, graduating with a BA degree in Journalism.
Hobbies and Interests
Kate was physically active, and enjoyed playing football and rugby when she was in high school and college. She now spends her free time watching films and listening to music, specifically rock and R&B. The famed host likes traveling, and has toured many international destinations, during which she enjoys trying out multiple cuisines whenever she tours a new place.
Kate began her career as a model before she became a TV personality, and also made a few appearances in theater; she thereafter shifted her focus to her passions, cooking and journalism. She made her career breakthrough in the ‘90s, when she was selected to co-host the cooking show “Robin Leach Talking Food,” which ended in 1995. As of now, she co-owns several restaurants situated in New York City.
Kate and Bobby met in January 1994 when on the sets of the show “Robin Leach Talking Food” – he was playing a guest role and was then 30 years old, a year younger than Kate. At that time, he had just separated from his wife Debra Ponzek, while Kate was a single mother of one.
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Mr Leach described their meeting as ‘love at first sight’, and revealed during an interview that ‘…there was an instant attraction, yet instant danger signals. She was warned that he was a real bachelor, and he realized that he met the woman he was going to give-up bachelorhood for.’ The duo soon started dating, and a few months later Bobby popped the question, and they eventually wed at a private wedding ceremony held in October 1995. Kate’s husband adopted her son, Jonathan, and in 1996, the couple had their daughter Sophie Flay. For reasons they’ve kept private, the duo ended their marriage with a divorce in 1998. They shared custody of their daughter, and Kate has since stayed out of the limelight, but is believed to be single, while Bobby remarried in 2005.
Height, Weight, and Vital Statistics
Thanks to her tight workout schedule and strict diet, Kate has maintained her hourglass-shaped figure; she’s 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall, weighs about 120lbs (55kgs), with vital statistics of 36-28-36. Moreover, she is of Caucasian ethnicity with fair skin tone, long blonde hair, and blue eyes.
According to authoritative sources, Connelly’s net worth is around $2.3 million as of 2022, accumulated through her TV career, restaurant businesses, and from her divorce from Flay whose net worth is now estimated at $30 million.
Who Kate Connelly’s Ex-Husband, Bobby Flay Is
Robert William Flay, popularly known as Bobby is a renowned chef, who has made a name for himself hosting several cookery shows.
Bobby was born in New York City, under the Sagittarius zodiac sign on 10 December 1964 (presently 57 years old), to Dorothy and Billy Flay – his Irish and American parents divorced when he was a child. The skilled chef grew up very interested in cooking, and would manage his mum’s grocery list, use the oven, and even make snacks during weekends when he was barely eight years old. He later converted his childhood passion into a full-time career, and as a teenager he often found jobs at fast food restaurants, to hone his skills. It’s reported that Flay dropped out of school at the age of 17 to embark on his career journey.
Bobby landed a job at Joe Allen Restaurant in 1984, and was tasked with making salads; his father co-owned the restaurant and had helped him secure a job there.
Nonetheless, his skills were impressive, and Joe Allen had him join the French Culinary Institute to perfect his skills. He graduated with a culinary arts degree, and has since worked at many top-notch restaurants, some as executive chef such as at Brighton Grill, Bud and Jams, Miracle Grill (1988-1990), and many more. 1991 saw Bobby co-owning Mesa Grill, and then Bolo Bar & Restaurant two years later. He has since opened many other eateries across the US, such as several Bobby’s Burgers Place fast food restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, and in Maryland. As a TV personality, he’s hosted multiple specials and cookery shows, such as “BBQ with Bobby Flay,” “Bobby’s Dinner Battle,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” and several others.
He’s the author of various cookbooks such as “Bobby Flay’s Boy Meets Grill” (1999), 2005’s “Bobby Flay’s Grilling For Life,” and “Bobby Flay’s Burgers, Fries and Shakes” (2009). Bobby’s restaurant gained wider recognition in 1992, when it was adjudged the hotel of the year (New York Magazine – Gael Green’s). His contribution to “Bobby Flay’s Bold American Food” greatly helped it win the International Culinary Professionals Association Award in 1995.
Bobby married the popular chef Debra Ponzek in 1991 but their marriage did not last long and they divorced in 1993.
He later married Kate, and after their divorce, met actress Stephanie March, when their mutual friend set them up on a blind date. They dated for a few months, announced that they were engaged, and tied the knot in 2005, but divorced ten years later in 2015, after Bobby was allegedly involved in an extramarital affair with Elyse Tirrell, who was his assistant. He has been dating Canadian TV personality Helene Yorke since 2016. Bobby has medium dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He weighs about 165lbs (75kgs) and is 5ft 10ins (1.80m) tall.