It’s no secret that Bobby Flay knows his way around a kitchen but, according to Alex Guarnaschelli, those going up against the celebrity chef need to worry about themselves rather than their competitor. Guarnaschelli, who admitted to People back in 2018 that she originally wasn’t Flay’s biggest fan, told Food Network that when it comes to beating the former Brunch At Bobby’s host, chefs need to have “a real sense of self” and “culinary identity.”
The Chopped judge continued, noting that those that get the chance to go head-to-head with Flay need to have “the courage to kind of put aside the 700 ingredients in the pantry and just make something that’s really true to who [they] are.”
And if you’re skeptical of Guarnaschelli’s advice…don’t be. She’s a pro, not to mention one of the few chefs that has bragging rights over Flay, Food Network noted. Guarnaschelli competed on a special episode of Beat Bobby Flay to kick off season 8 back in 2016, according to IMDb, in which she first took on Chef Michael Symon in a head-to-head battle centered around spinach, and ultimately went on to compete and win over Flay with her signature dish – lobster Newburg.