Giada De Laurentiis Didn’t Talk to Bobby Flay for 8 Months Once Because She Thought He Was a Jerk

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As Food Network personalities go, Giada De Laurentiis isn’t on the top of my favorites list, so to hear her say she went 8 months without talking to chef Bobby Flay once because she was mad at him was not all that shocking.

Giada revealed on the podcast, Beyond the Plate that in 2006 after being paired with Bobby on an episode of “Iron Chef America” against Rachael Ray and Mario Batali she was pretty unhappy.

“We lost and he thought it was funny. He didn’t think it was any big deal that we lost. I did not talk to him for eight months. Eight months! I did not. Nothing. Silence” Giada said of the episode.

She didn’t think he put up his best effort to win, “I thought, you know, I took this very seriously. It was a very big show, especially at that time, and I’ve cooked, I’ve gone to culinary school, I worked on my own dish all by myself and I felt like he sort of half-assed it. It was just TV [to him]. I took it very seriously. I think Rachael took it very seriously, and I was really disappointed.”
Giada also said that the worst part was that Bobby never apologized, “He didn’t say, ‘Hey I’m sorry that we lost,’ or ‘Hey, you know we’ll do it again. Nothing. He’s just like walked away and I thought, ‘You’re a jerk and I’m never — I never want to be around you again.’ Now, of course, we’re best buddies and we hang out.”
Now that Giada doesn’t think he’s a jerk she shared, “I think that Bobby is one of those people that if you are his friend, he has your back forever and he will stand up for you. He’s one of those guys you can call in a pinch and he will get you out of it. He’s special in that sense.”