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Bobby Flay heats things up on Food Network this summer with new series 'BBQ Brawl: Flay V. Symon,' 'The Flay List'

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Thu, Jun 27th 2019 03:35 pm

Iron Chefs compete against each other on ‘BBQ Brawl,’ while Flay hits streets with daughter, Sophie, on ‘The Flay List’

Culinary icon and acclaimed Food Network host Bobby Flay heats things up this summer with the premiere of two new series.

On “BBQ Brawl: Flay V. Symon,” Bobby goes head-to-head against fellow Iron Chef Michael Symon in this four-episode stunt, as Bobby and Michael coach eight of the country's most respected barbecue challengers for bragging rights. “In The Flay List,” Bobby visits the culinary spots he has frequented for years with his daughter, Sophie, as they experience classic locations and dishes, with Sophie introducing her dad to her latest discoveries.

"Bobby Flay is a leading authority when it comes to grilling, and a fierce competitor, so it is only fitting that Bobby treats viewers to a BBQ competition against Iron Chef and best friend, Michael Symon, for the ultimate in bragging rights," said Courtney White, president, Food Network. "Bobby's daughter, Sophie Flay, also joins Food Network this summer, as Bobby and Sophie share some of their favorite culinary destinations, giving audiences a personal and playful look on their picks that are perfect for all generations, as only a father and daughter can."

Over four one-hour episodes, Bobby and Michael will mentor eight pitmasters at the famed Star Hill Ranch in Austin, Texas, with barbecue battles to determine which challenger reigns supreme on “BBQ Brawl.” While Michael and Bobby compete to inspire and coach their teams, a panel of judges, consisting of grilling experts Moe Cason, Chris Lilly and Amy Mills, decide which chefs will flame out. In the end, one competitor will earn the title of "Master of Cue" and star in their own digital series on FoodNetwork.com.

Challenges during the season include a regional barbecue challenge, testing the pitmasters' ability to cook any style; and Bobby and Michael battling in a high "steaks" challenge utilizing tomahawk ribeye. The final two pitmasters will meet in a barbecue battle for the ages, but when the sun sets, only one competitor will walk away with claim to the title and their own digital series.

For fans who can't wait for the premiere, starting Monday, July 29, viewers can watch the competitors compete in culinary challenges that will push their skills to the limit in the digital companion series “BBQ Brawl: The Pre-Heat” on the Food Network app.

On Thursday, Aug. 22 (10:30 p.m.), Bobby and Sophie hit the streets in six half-hour episodes in search of the greatest local dishes around, in the new series “The Flay List.”

During the season, Bobby and Sophie visit the ever-buzzing Chelsea Market for some tacos at Los Tacos No.1, while grabbing creamy Italian gelato for dessert at Bobby's favorite, L'Arte del Gelato. Afterward, Sophie takes Bobby to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, for her taco pick at hotspot Oxomoco. In another episode, Bobby and Sophie start the day with a joy ride on bikes as they head to the Lower East Side for Sophie's pick, Sweet Chick. After the meal, they check out Morgenstern's gourmet ice cream parlor that Bobby's been dying to try, before heading to Bobby's pick of Blue Ribbon, where he spent a lot of time early in his career. Other episodes include stops at J.G. Melon for Bobby's burger selection, Sophie's taste for Detroit-style pizza at Emily, and a stroll to Korea Town for some dessert at Grace Street Café, followed by a steak dinner at Bobby's old school pick, Wolfgang's Steakhouse.

Fans can check out Food Network platforms all summer long for more on “BBQ Brawl: Flay V. Symon” and “The Flay List,” including hilarious behind-the-scenes videos of Bobby and Michael as they play barbecue guessing games, take the BFF quiz, and undergo a series of blindfolded taste tests. To catch the winning pitmasters' digital series, visit FoodNetwork.com/BBQBrawl. To learn more about the restaurants visited by Bobby and Sophie, and to watch insider videos from set, fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/TheFlayList. Follow along and join the conversation using #BBQBrawl and #TheFlayList for more exclusive content.

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