In what seems to be a true Food Network trend, Flay and other Food Network stars, including Anne Burrell and Ted Allen, have a soft spot for cats — and not just any cats, but Maine Coons. Allen claims to have started the trend, too. “We have three,” he revealed. “We were the first Food Network people to have Maine Coon cats, and now since that time Bobby Flay has copied us, and Anne Burrell has copied us.” The article adds that Sunny Anderson may be a part of the Maine Coon cat club too!
Regardless of where the trend started, it would make a pretty fun playdate getting all those Maine Coon cats and chefs together in one room for some cooking and cat-time. And it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that Flay’s a cat-lover, considering he went so far as to name a restaurant after a cat he didn’t even own, Gato.
Among the other chefs who share in their love of animals (but maybe not to the same extent) are Ina Garten, who has a dog; Damaris Phillips, who went far enough as to take in five kittens and take in a stray rescue cat; Katie Lee, who has an adorable chihuahua; Giada De Laurentiis, with a dog and cat; and even Alton Brown and his pup. So there’s really only one question left to ask: how do you score an invite to this exclusive pet club?